Don Bradman, Who was referred as “The Don” and Australian cricketer and known as the greatest batsman of all time, born on 27 August 1908, In Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia.
He was the son of George Bradman and his wife Emily Bradman. He had one brother Victor Bradman and three sisters, Islet Bradman, Lilian Bradman and Elizabeth May.
In 1932, He had married Jessie Martha Menzies. They met each other in 1920. The couple had two children, son John Bradman and daughter Shirley Bradman.
He had studied at Bowral Public School, where he had played cricket and made his first century at the age of 12.
In 1922, He left the school and had started working for the local real estate agent. his agent understood Bradman’s passion for cricket and they had given him time off whenever he needed. At the age 19, He had made his first-class debut at the Adelaide Oval, scored 118 runs. In 1928, He had made his test match debut against England. Unluckily, with his bad performance, his test match debut was poor. He had shown his playing potential in the third test of the series, He had scored 79 and 112. In 1930, He had been selected to play Ashes series against England, He scored 131 runs in his first series and made 254 in the second match. During this 5 match test series, He had scored 974 runs at the unbelievable average of 139.14 and led his team to win and he had become the national hero with his performance. In 1932-33, Ashes series held in Australia, Which had been proved very toughest series of Bradman’s career. In the first match, Bradman scored just 40 runs per innings. In this test match series, Australian team showed his bad performance and conceded the Ashes 4-1 to England. In 1938, He had shown his best performance in the tour of England, He played 26 matches and made 13 centuries. In 1936-37, Bradman Become the captain of the Australian team. In the second World War, it was his golden period of his career. In 1940, He had joined the Royal Australian Air Force. But soon he had been transferred to the Army. He had been posted in Army school for physical training. In 1948, He returned to playing cricket and had played his final test match The Oval against England.
- He loved Music.
- He was the popular sports Icon.
- He also loved to play tennis, golf and, billiards.
- He had become the first former Test player, who elected as Chinaman of Australian Board of Control.
- In 1949, He had been knighted for his contribution to the game of cricket.
Awards and Achievements:
- In 1979, He won the Nation’s Second Highest Civilian award.
- He had made 6996 runs in 52 test matches.
- He scored 29 test centuries, Which was a world record at that time.
What can we learn from him??
Like Don Bradman, Always take passion in your work. Always be careful to take any step about your career.