It was played on the same Leeds ground almost 89 years ago, on which the Stokes chewed the Australian bowlers to Naco. There was a batsman in world cricket, right-handed. It is said that when he was batting on the pitch, the ball would have reached the boundary line as if Newton’s gravitational law was pulling the ball.
Against the fast bowlers, his wrist rotated as if he had landed with butter on the wrist and the ball would have found its way to the bound boundary. The amount of cricket that player played set the benchmark for the next generation of cricketers. The player whose name has become part of the dictionary of cricket and the name of that player is Sir Don Bradman.
Today is Bradman’s 111th birthday. He was born on 27 August 1908 in Cootamundra, Australia. The story of his innings on his birthday, which is still a record, no batsman has reached that record even in this instant cricket. So turn your mind around the black and white pictures of Bradman and listen to the story of this historical innings.
On July 11, 1930, the third match of the Ashes series, Australian captain William Malden Woodfuel won the toss and decided to bat first on a flat looking pitch, but his decision was moved to prove wrong on the 11th ball of the match when the opener Orchi returned to the Jackson Pavilion.
After this, a 21-year-old young batsman came out of the dressing room to bat after 11 balls in Leeds on the first morning and after the end of the day’s game, he returned by beating an unbeaten 309 runs. These batsmen were none other than Sir Don Bradman. After his triple century, the entire cricket world was in the can, The first wrong stroke off Don’s bat came at 141 when he played the ball towards mid-on, but the ball safely fell to the ground. He had scored a double century till tea. At 273 just before six o’clock gave the England players a real chance to get themselves out. Wicketkeeper George Duckworth caught a hard catch off George Gerry, but the ball touched the ground, Dawn smiled, and Duckworth looked angrily at him.
By the end of the day, Bradman was unbeaten on 309 and broke Reggie Foster’s record of 287 after scoring his first triple century in Anglo-Australian cricket. Bradman played square shots, hooks in the leg and hit on drives in his innings.