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Reality of 99.4 Average?

stephen

Hall of Fame Member
Bradman debuted 92 years ago, Grace 140, one might be earlier but they both qualify for early quite easily I think.
Grace was a pioneer in a relatively new sport, Bradman was the best of the best in a sport that had effectively been mostly stable for a couple of generations.
 

the big bambino

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Bradman debuted 92 years ago, Grace 140, one might be earlier but they both qualify for early quite easily I think.
Grace’s debut being slightly misleading as he had a good 10-12 years when he was the best in the world and prior to tests existing.
 

trundler

Hall of Fame Member
Grace's best came at FC, not tests which would be another 20 years ago. And I'm sure there have been more outliers at FC level than just Grace and Bradman. Fuller Pilch for example was to the first half of the 19th century what Grace was to the 2nd. Headley and Merchant were well ahead of their domestic contemporaries. Plus, I don't think the test game was in nearly as much flux as 19th century test cricket. There hasn't been another outlier in test cricket.
 

Line and Length

International Debutant
I think it is very safe to say, regardless of comparisons of eras, Bradman would have been an absolute champion in any era.
 

Adders

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Is it possible that in any sport, a player could be statistically nearly 50% better than the next best?
 

Daemon

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Is it possible that in any sport, a player could be statistically nearly 50% better than the next best?
In this case it's like ~65%

Man was a freak. I remember a discussion about it in another thread on CW where the only statistically comparable dominance in any sport was Jahangir Khan in squash.
 

Naheed

Cricket Spectator
According to my point of view, Don Bradman was a great and very down to earth player. he has made a remarkable history in the cricket field. if he would be playing with any kind of struggling team. surely he would have got more appreciation than this.
 
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vcs

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Yeah. Clearly unfortunate to have played for Australia. No one likes Australian cricketers.
 

Burgey

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In this case it's like ~65%

Man was a freak. I remember a discussion about it in another thread on CW where the only statistically comparable dominance in any sport was Jahangir Khan in squash.
The second best squash player of all time
 

Line and Length

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According to my point of view, Don Bradman was a great and very down to earth player. he has made a remarkable history in the cricket field. if he would be playing with any kind of struggling team. surely he would have got more appreciation than this.
Great? Certainly
Down to earth? Questionable

Bradman is appreciated as a cricketer but not always as a person. His service (or lack thereof) during WWII was highly criticised by many of his fellow cricketers who saw active service. His business dealings after the war had an unfortunate impact on some. Being a teetotaller until after his retirement, he was regarded by many as aloof, preferring to listen to Chopin after a day's play rather than socialise with his team.
On the other hand, those who knew him said he was in no way arrogant despite having a strong ego.
 

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