Sachin Tendulkar recalls meeting Sir Don Bradman 20 years ago

first_imgWhen two of the best batsmen of their respective generations meet, the moment is a special one. It is more so, if the two concerned are considered to be two of the greatest ever to play the gentleman’s game.And that is what happened when Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar met.Fans, statistics and everything keep pitting them against each other in terms of who is better than the other but when these two crossed paths 17 years ago, the meeting was a special one.And Tendulkar, remembering Don on his 110th birth anniversary on Monday, recalled the meeting in 1998 at Kensington Park in Adelaide as a ‘special memory.'”It’s been 20 years since I met the inspirational Sir #DonBradman but that special memory is so vivid. I still recall his amazing wit, warmth, and wisdom. Remembering him fondly today, on what would have been his 110th birthday,” tweeted Tendulkar on Monday.Its been 20 years since I met the inspirational Sir #DonBradman but that special memory is so vivid. I still recall his amazing wit, warmth, and wisdom. Remembering him fondly today, on what would have been his 110th birthday. pic.twitter.com/JXsKxKwZJmSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 27, 2018Bradman was special and nobody has ever been able to accumulate as many runs in such a consistent basis over his or her playing career. But, Tendulkar, often pitted against Bradman for the tag of ‘greatest-ever’, comes the closest to him, according to the great man himself.Also read – Don Bradman, the world’s greatest ever batsman, was born 110 years ago todayadvertisement”I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, and she looked at the TV and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…his compactness, technique, stroke production – it all seemed to gel,” Bradman once said about Tendulkar.Bradman called time on his international career in 1948 and earned knighthood the very next year in March. He finished with 52 Tests for Australia and amassed 6996 runs with a highest score of 334 runs at an average of 99.94 — which has remained out of reach of any batsman till date, who has retired.And, if only he had scored four runs in his last Test innings at the Oval in 1948, he would have finished with an average of 100.Tendulkar on the other hand has scored 34357 runs from 664 international games and has scored a record 100 centuries across two formats (Tests and ODIs)Bradman also remains the only Australian cricketer to be honoured with knighthood and he was also inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009 — eight years after his death.However, the Hall of Fame status had eluded Tendulkar till now as he is yet to become eligible for inclusion into the list and will have to wait until after November 2018 to be considered for the same as he will complete five years of retirement from international cricket.last_img