Sir Donald Bradman’s 110th birth anniversary was marked by a celebratory Google Doodle. The doodle shows an animated Bradman playing a cricket shot. Born on August 27, 1908, in Cootamundra, Australia, Don Bradman is widely regarded as the finest of batsman of all time. During his 20-year stint, Bradman consistently scored at a level that earned him fame as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is known for leading an Australian team known as “The Invincibles” on a record-breaking unbeaten tour of England. Post his retirement, Bradman retained a pre-eminent position in the game by acting as an administrator, selector and writer for three decades.
The Australian cricketer continues to hold a number of records including those of highest career batting average, highest series batting average, highest ratio of centuries and double centuries per innings played among others. He is also known for being the first batsman in Test history to score two triple centuries, the first and only batsman to have remained unbeaten on 299 in a Test innings and first batsman to score a Test triple century (304) at the number 5 position. Bradman needed only four runs in his last innings that would have given him a Test batting average of exactly 100 but he was bowled for a duck by leg-spinner Eric Hollies. In so doing, he finished with a Test average of 99.94.
After his retirement he remained a part of the sport as an administrator and commentator. Bradman was also given his own museum during his lifetime and knighted in 1949. But despite all the accolades to his name, he stayed humble. The Sydney Cricket Ground still has a stand bearing his name. Bradman was hospitalised with pneumonia in December 2000, two months after which he breathed his last at his residence on 25 February 2001 at the age of 92. In 2009, the ace cricketer was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.