Sir Donald Bradman was an Australian cricketer that achieved such remarkable heights. His batting average in test match cricket is 99.94, which means that he nearly scores 100 runs every time he plays an innings, and to put this into perspective the second best players of all time average in the low 60s. Bradman’s achievements were one of the greatest in any sport and his eminence is unquestionable.
Some often say that the modern game is far more challenging than the time that Bradman played (1928 – 1948) and yet even within that time the other top players in the Australian team were not even half as consistent as Bradman.
Bradman worked hard at his craft and used to practice with a thin stick and golf ball to train his eyes and coordination to levels that exceeded the preparation of other players at the time. The Kenyan long distance athletes embrace the philosophy, which says ‘train hard, win easy’ and Bradman was a prime practitioner of this philosophy.
Another thing that made Bradman such a phenomenon was that his advantage was in how he thought and how he behaved. His dominance was not due to having a superior piece of machinery or technology. His bat was made from the same type of wood as everyone else’s; his shoes were the made of the same material, and there was never ever a suggestion of cheating or bad sportsmanship on his part.
“When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities, which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his or her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.” – Donald Bradman
Bradman remained humble about his extraordinary achievements and was either coy or unaware about how he actually achieved what he did. There are certainly clues with his incredible work ethic and bespoke practice methods, his sharp eyesight, quick footwork and incredible hand and eye coordination. He also had an exceptionally smart mind and could see things that others could not see.
Bradman speaks about his career and life.
Bradman Part 1
Bradman Part 2
Bradman Part 3
Interviewee: Sir Donald Bradman