However, from all accounts, Bradman didn't have much doubts about the fact that he himself was the best 'batsman' ever. But he also opined that there have been batsmen more talented than him, but they threw their wickets more often than he did.
"I want to raise my hand and say one thing. Those who complain about my love for the game or commitment to the game are clueless. These are the only 2 areas where I give myself 100 out of 100."
- Sachin Tendulkar, as told in an interview published in Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika after his 100th International century (translated by weldone)
It's an amazing talent when you think of it more seriously. Even Tendulkar, of late, has tried to follow these lines (though he's not as attacking as Bradman was). But I can remember at least 4 situations in the last 2 series when he got out caught trying to play an uppish shot.
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Once in the 90s Bradman was asked how he would have fared against the English bowling attack at that time. He was specifically asked what his average would have been against that attack. Bradman answered that it would have been somewhere around 50 or so. The interviewer was surprised to hear that and asked if he had got the question right. Bradman coolly answered that this average was not bad for a man who was 85-years old at that time.
Don't go chasing waterfalls
Greatest cricketer ever - Sir Don Bradman. Easy.
I've heard that it was Tendulkar
It may just be an old wives tale though
I thought he said he'd average around 70...
Yep, 70. And yes, it was Tendulkar.
Finally, to lighten his Bradman-esque aura, Tendulkar tells a lovely story about him and Warne visiting the old master. He neglects to mention he was the only modern player Bradman included in his best-ever XI and chooses, instead, to highlight the warmth of their meeting. "We went to see him on his 90th birthday. It was very special. We were talking about averages and I said, 'Sir Don, if you were playing today, what would you have averaged?' And he said, '70 – probably.' I asked, 'Why 70 and not your actual average of 99?' Bradman said, 'Come on, an average of 70 is not bad for a 90-year-old man.'"
Tendulkar rocks back in his chair and laughs. In this humorous moment, as one cricketing giant thinks of another, it's easy to admire the same qualities in Tendulkar. "This is what I tell my son. Whether you're an 11-year-old boy or Don Bradman we should never forget it's just a game we can all enjoy."
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do you think people will be allowed to make violins?
who's going to make the violins?
I have heard the above anecdote about 2232451 different times. It was 70 instead of 50 FTR.
EDIT : Beaten to it by Spark.
Yeah, I was hearing that story years before anyone had heard of Tendulkar, so either Bradman told that story a hell of a lot, or that Bradman-Tendulkar exchange was - ahem - contrived or embellished a little.
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