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DON BRADMAN:  Legends of Cricket TV - Bill O'Reilly - Don Bradman - 1948 Oval Commentary - Sporting Greats TV - Cricket's Greatest TV -     

 

68,737.  He was the greatest of all batsman.  He is perhaps the greatest sportsman the world has seen.  (Cricket & Cricketer & Ball)  Legends of Cricket e1: Sir Donald Bradman

 

68,738.  Bradman’s final average: 99.94.  Almost forty runs higher than the next best, Graham Pollock.  But what manner of batsman was this run-making phenomenon?  (Cricket & Cricketer & Ball)  ibid.

 

68,739.  As a young boy Bradman famously honed his skills batting with a single stump and golf ball.  (Cricket & Cricketer & Ball)  ibid.

 

68,740.  Bradman’s performances in England that season were astonishing.  He made 974 runs in the series, including a world record 334, with 309 of those scored in a single day.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

68,741.  After Bradman had dominated series against the West Indies and South Africa, England arrived in Australia in 1932 armed with a plan to defeat him: Bodyline.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid. 

 

 

68,742.  Don Bradman was the greatest cricketer I ever saw ... He was the best cricketer to walk on to a cricket ground.  Bll O’Reilly 1932-1946 

 

 

68,743.  Fancy doing a thing like that.  Don Bradman, final innings duck

 

 

68,744.  That Gilbert sent down the fastest delivery I can remember.  Don Bradman

 

 

68,745.  It was just fun.  It never entered my head that I was probably training my eyesight and coordinating my movements; that didn’t register at all in those days.  Now of course I can realise what the significance of it was.  Donald Bradman 

 

 

68,746.  Yes it was a sad story for England.  But they were very bright scene at the Oval where everything was forgotten for the moment except paying tribute to Sir Donald Bradman ... Three cheers.  1948 Oval commentary

 

 

68,747.  It stands as a monument to the greatest sportsman Australia has ever produced ... Home to the Bradman museum.  Sporting Greats – Sir Don Bradman

 

68,748.  Sir Donald Bradman dominated cricket from the moment he graced its centre stage in 1928 until his retirement two decades later.  ibid.

 

68,749.  A remarkable test career which is unlikely ever to be equalled.  ibid.

 

68,750.  Career batting average of 99.94 is considered to be the single greatest achievement in any major sport.  ibid.

 

68,751.  In the third test at Leeds ... Bradman scored a century before lunch, another between lunch and tea, finishing the day 309 not out.  ibid.

 

 

78,551.  He scored runs at such a phenomenal rate that his career batting average [99.9] has become ... sporting folklore.  (Cricketer & Cricket)  Cricket’s Greatest: Don Bradman s1e2, Sky Sports 2015

 

 

SUNIL GAVASKAR:  Legends of Cricket TV - Richie Benaud - Cricket's Greatest TV -   

 

68,752.  He played both fast and slow bowling with consummate skill.  He was a shrewd and thoughtful captain.  The master craftsman.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  Legends of Cricket e10: Sunil Gavaskar

 

68,753.  Test Matches 125; Runs 10,122; Average 51.12.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

 

68,754.  Sunal Gavaskar’s one of the great players the world has ever seen.  Richie Benaud

 

 

72,992.  Luck smiled on me at the right time.  (Cricket & Luck & Cricketer)  Cricket’s Greatest s1e21: Gavaskar, Sky 2015, Gavaskar

 

72,993.  He was a genius.  Out of this world.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.  Kapil Dev

 

72,994.  1978: Gavaskar tormented the West Indies yet again with a stunning double century of 205.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

72,995.  He struggled with the one-day format.  Another blip was his captaincy.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

72,996.  One of the world’s finest test batsman.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

 

SACHIN TENDULKAR:  Legends of Cricket TV - Sunil Gavaskar - Sachin Tendulkar - Cricket’s Greatest TV -    

 

68,755.  Great players hail him as a batting genius.  (Cricket & Cricketer)   Legends of Cricket e7: Sachin Tendulkar

 

68,756.  Tendulkar’s technique is the benchmark for modern batsmen.  Don Bradman believed that he was the closest thing to himself he had ever seen.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.   

 

68,757.  Test Matches 159; Runs 12,773;  Average 54.58 [01.09.09].  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

 

68,758.  Tendulkar is close to being the most perfect batsman one has ever seen.  Sunil Gavaskar

 

 

64,831.  I just keep it simple.  Watch the ball and play it on merit.  (Ball & Cricket)  Sachin Tendulkar

 

 

68,834.  I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it’s a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there.  Sachin Tendulkar

 

 

73,016.  The seventeen year old rescued his more experienced teammates from defeat with his first test century scoring 119 not out.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  Cricket’s Greatest s1e22: Tendulkar: Legends of Cricket, Sky 2015

 

73,017.  Tendulkar would surpass the great Don Bradman’s tally of twenty- nine test centuries.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

73,018.  The highest test runs scorer in history.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

 

BARRY RICHARDS:  Legends of Cricket

 

114,710.  He ranked among the finest batsmen of his generation.  Some say he was one of the best of all time.  Yet he played just four test matches.  Technically flawless, extravagantly gifted.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  Legends of Cricket e24: Barry Richards 

 

114,711.  ‘Tremendous player.’  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.  Dicky Bird

 

 

GRAEME POLLOCK:  Graeme Pollock: Cricket's Greatest TV -

 

73,320.  I was just a fanatical cricketer from day one.  (Cricketer & Cricket) Cricket’s Greatest s1e4: Graeme Pollock, Sky 2015, Pollock

 

73,321.  1965 saw Pollock’s first visit to England ... He helped South Africa to a first ever series win over the Australians.  (Cricketer & Cricket)  ibid.

 

 

114,697.  He is celebrated as his country’s Player of the Century.  His timing and placement were sublime.  His integrity and his love for the game transcended politics and self-interest.  A batsman of rare genius.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  Legends of Cricket e15: Graeme Pollock

 

114,698.  A master batsman at the height of his powers.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

114,699.  At the age of 26 Graeme Pollock’s test career so over.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

114,700.  Matches: 23; Runs: 2256; Average: 60.97.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

 

JACK HOBBS:  Legends of Cricket TV -  

 

68,759.  He had no formal coaching yet he scored more first-class runs and more centuries than any other player.  He was cricket’s original working-class hero.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  Legends of Cricket e5: Sir Jack Hobbs

 

68,760.  First-class matches 834; Runs 51,760; Average 50.70.  (Cricket & Cricketer)  ibid.

 

 

GEORGE HEADLEY:  Legends of Cricket TV - Don Bradman - Clive Lloyd - Jack Egan - Tony Cozier -

 

68,761.  A small finely constructed man who hit the ball with great power.  George Headley: Legends of Cricket

 

68,762.  He was known as Atlas because of the way he carried the West Indies side.  ibid.

 

 

68,763.  He was very strong in every direction.  Don Bradman

 

 

68,764.  They called him the black Bradman.  Clive Lloyd

 

 

68,765.  Very attractive, wristy, more attractive than Bradman to watch.  More graceful and stylistic than Bradman.  Jack Egan, cricket historian

 

 

68,766.  Headley: He averaged just over 60 in test cricket.  Tony Cozier, Legends of Cricket selector

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