On This Day in Cricket: Don Bradman is considered the best batsman in the world. There is evidence of this with an average of 99.94 in the test. But he too got out for zero in 2 consecutive innings in his Test career.
Sir Don Bradman Greatest Batsman Run Machine
Sir Don Bradman’s status in cricket is still that of the greatest batsman. A run machine like him has hardly come in cricket. This short stature batsman’s average of 99.94 in Tests is proof of this. Holding Bradman’s bat in one round, only getting into the field was a guarantee of a century. When he was in rhythm, then he used to put a line of centuries. He had also proved it many times in his career. But a batsman with a Test average of 99.94 has also been dismissed in two consecutive innings without opening an account.
Don Bradman’s miracle happened during England’s tour of Australia in 1936
This happened during England’s tour of Australia in 1936. Then Don Bradman got the command of the Australian team for the first time in the Ashes series. But the debut of such a great batsman in the captaincy was very bad. They lost the first two Tests of the series in Brisbane and Sydney. In two innings of these two Tests, Bradman was dismissed for zero. For the first time, Bradman was dismissed without opening an account in the second innings of the first Test in Brisbane. Then he was made his victim by Gabi Allen. This Test was played in 1936 from 4 to 9 December. Australia lost the first Test played under Bradman’s captaincy by 322 runs.
Australia lost the first test under Bradman’s captaincy
The second Test of this series was played in Sydney from 18 to 22 December. Even in the first innings of this Test, the burden of captaincy was heavy on Bradman and he became a victim of Bill Vos on the very first ball while batting in the first innings on this day i.e. on 21st December.
The impact of cricket’s run machine being dismissed for zero
Cricket’s run machine being dismissed for zero also had an impact on the performance of the Australian team and under Bradman’s captaincy, the hosts lost the Sydney Test by an innings and 22 runs. But, after this Bradman came in his true colors and first scored 270 in Melbourne, then 212 in Adelaide. The last match of the series was also played in Melbourne and in this also Bradman scored 169 and Australia won all three Tests under Bradman’s captaincy. The series was named after itself.