View Poll Results: How would Sir Donald Bradman go in today's era of cricket?

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  • He would of been found by the better quality of bowlers

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    If Bradman played in today's era?

    How do you think he would go? Of course there is a lot more cricket being played (more Tests, ODIs T20), a lot of technology involved and a lot more scrutiny with every innings and it would of be awesome to see how he would have gone in India and had he the chance to play Zimbabwe and Bangladesh then BCL's record of 400 might have been under threat and arguably better bowlers.

    So would have been just a run scoring genius back in the 30's and 40's or was he really over-rated because he never got to play cricket in more different conditions and was up against mainly the same type of bowlers. And if you listen to social, a lower standard of cricket and that he just brilliant beyond his peers? Just putting it out there.

    And before I press "submit" and somebody wants to be a ****, I know he would be 100 this year and not alive, so if he was born in the mid to late 70's and was just as much of an active player as Jacques Kallis. And no irrelevant option this time.
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    Bradman never had to face quicks like Sharma and Irfan Pathan. He wouldn't of lasted a ball against those 2, not to mention a spinner like Sehwag.

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    FFS You need to compare a man to his contemporaries. If it was so easy back then, why wasn't everyone averaging 99 or even 80 or even 70 or just 60 even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    FFS You need to compare a man to his contemporaries. If it was so easy back then, why wasn't everyone averaging 99 or even 80 or even 70 or just 60 even.
    A complex point put simply in very few words...true

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    FFS You need to compare a man to his contemporaries. If it was so easy back then, why wasn't everyone averaging 99 or even 80 or even 70 or just 60 even.
    Narf, cause they were as good as Swiss village cricketers. It's obvious when you think about it.


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    Bradman was supposedly weakest in 2 areas. a) Intimidating bowling and b) Playing on bad wickets and stickys

    Now with modern protective equipment and covered wickets his 2 main areas for criticisms no longer exist and are now irrelevant.

    Add in new bat technology and his style of playing most balls and he would be near unstopable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    FFS You need to compare a man to his contemporaries. If it was so easy back then, why wasn't everyone averaging 99 or even 80 or even 70 or just 60 even.
    Didn't George Headley average over 60?

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    when sachin asked bradman how he would have fared against the fearsome west indian fast bowlers the don had said may be he would have averaged about 70. tendulkar asked in surprise if bradman considered them to be so good that they could bring down his average by 30 points. don bradman asked "what do you think? i would have been 75 years old when they were playing. i dont fancy myself averaging more than 70 at that age"

    when sehwag, hayden, sagakkara and pietersen average over 50, bradman would average over 100.

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    No way of knowing for sure or even close. Everyone's entitled to their opinions of course but to my mind they're, at best, educated guesses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    when sachin asked bradman how he would have fared against the fearsome west indian fast bowlers the don had said may be he would have averaged about 70. tendulkar asked in surprise if bradman considered them to be so good that they could bring down his average by 30 points. don bradman asked "what do you think? i would have been 75 years old when they were playing. i dont fancy myself averaging more than 70 at that age"

    when sehwag, hayden, sagakkara and pietersen average over 50, bradman would average over 100.

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    Is it true that Jeff Thomson suggested Don Bradman could have played for Australia when he was 70? asked Nitin Rege from Mumbai

    Apparently it is. I hadn't heard the story before, but Nagraj Gollapudi unearthed it during a recent interview with Jeff Thomson on Cricinfo. Thommo told him: "On a rest day during the Indian tour in 1977-78, Don Bradman was around in the nets. I was bowling only legspin to him, but he had a couple of young blokes trying to get him out. With no pads, no nothing ... for a 68-year-old, he belted the hell out of them on a turf wicket. And he hadn't batted for 20 years. I went back in and said, 'Why isn't this bastard playing with us tomorrow?' That's how good I thought he was."
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    Well, Thommo is a master of understatement of course.

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    Yeah but 68 years old and still pluggin' away . I love the imagery of it.

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    What about if Rod Laver was playing now? With a wooden raquet?

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    Bradman played from 1928 to 1948. These are the stats of 10 other batsmen among those batting more than 20 innings in that period...The stats are only for these 20 years...They are furnished below in descending order of their average in the said period-

    A R Morris 22 3 4 7 196 1408 74.11 7 0
    G A Headley 37 4 5 10 *270 2171 65.79 13 0
    D C S Compton 45 7 10 10 208 2426 63.84 15 0
    W R Hammond 128 15 20 22 *336 6817 60.33 95 0
    E Paynter 31 5 7 4 243 1540 59.23 7 0
    H Sutcliffe 50 6 12 9 194 2463 55.98 9 0
    A D Nourse 35 4 9 5 231 1718 55.42 7 0
    L Hutton 57 5 13 7 364 2742 52.73 23 0
    W H Ponsford 35 4 5 5 266 1617 52.16 16 0
    B Mitchell 70 8 18 7 *189 2996 48.32 48 0

    I want to make 2 points-
    1. We'll get similar statistics for 10 batsmen batting more than 20 innings in the last 20 years...Morris' position will probably be taken by someone like Hussey and we'll get similar averages for the rest.
    2. One can term batsmen like Headley, Hammond, Sutcliffe, Hutton, Morris, Ponsford, Nourse, Mitchell, Paynter or Compton to be 'of the class of Swiss Village Cricketers'; but it's not necessary for all to attach importance to that remark. Isn't it?

    Bottomline: So it's highly debatable if batting was much easier those days, if at all easier.

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    no, of course batting on sticky wickets that never got covered was much easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    when sachin asked bradman how he would have fared against the fearsome west indian fast bowlers the don had said may be he would have averaged about 70. tendulkar asked in surprise if bradman considered them to be so good that they could bring down his average by 30 points. don bradman asked "what do you think? i would have been 75 years old when they were playing. i dont fancy myself averaging more than 70 at that age"

    when sehwag, hayden, sagakkara and pietersen average over 50, bradman would average over 100.
    Sums it up for mine.

    I'd be a bit surprised if Bradman didn't average a bit less should he have played in the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s or '90s (including 2000), but probably not that much less. Maybe 90 or so. Pitches in the 1930s were notoriously flat, and the quality of bowling, with a few exceptions, not great. Still, however, there remained the possibility of stickies.

    Since 2001/02, pitches have once again been that flat, without the chance of stickies this time, and bowling-attacks probably roundly even worse. I'd not be terribly surprised if he'd averaged 130 or so had he debuted against New Zealand in November 2001.

    What made Bradman special was not an "attitude ahead of his time" as some seem to think, but a skill that no batsman - with the possible exception of WG Grace, but IMO we can't totally compare those two - has ever possessed before or since. David Boon once said (probably not an exact estimate, but you get the drift) that he reckoned bowlers got him out 1 out of 10 dismissals, and himself the other 9. Now of course, there are times when both come into play simualtaneously (ie: getting yourself out would be hitting a nothing ball to mid-wicket; the bowler and yourself getting you out would be chasing a full away-swinger outside off and edging to slip; and the bowler getting you out would be a straight ball which had to be played, was attempted to be defended, that swung away onto the edge and was taken by the wicketkeeper). But what made Bradman special was that this happened with an enormously lesser ratio than anyone else. Where most batsmen played a bad shot, say, every 30 balls on average, Bradman played one maybe every 130. But a realistically unplayable legcutter to him was no different to one to any other batsman.

    I'm not sure if anyone has given an estimate of how far Bradman's average is dragged down by stickies - if so, I'd reckon that'd be about what he'd average post-2001/02.
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