You know, there is one thing I think pretty much all of the cricketing
world agrees on and that is that The Don was a pretty damn good
player. It is quite amazing as an Australian to surf the web and see
loving tributes to the great man coming citizens of every cricket
playing nation on the globe (most especially India).
Remember how Bradman recently made it into the "top 10 sportsmen of
the century"? Was I really the only one who was disgusted that The
Don was anything but number 1? I just can't accept that anyone has
ever topped him.
Perhaps I am biased as an Australian, but when I compare Sir Donald
with the others who usually float around the top of these lists (Ali,
Lewis, Pele, Jordan etc) I can never see how these people can even
hold a candle to the great man's sheer *** of his game.
My girlfriend is an American and knows virtually nothing about cricket
(though I am trying to change all that) and one of the most
frustrating things is trying to explain just why averaging nearly 100
is so flippin' amazing. I can't even wrap my head around Sir Donald's
achievements and if I didn't know it were true I would think that it
was a fairy story. People like Michael Jordan and others have been
superstars of their field, but I can comprehend them as simply very,
very,very good. There have been others who come close to their
I think a big part of the problem is (epecially for America) is that
their sports are generally very quick and even "throw-away" in nature.
I just can't look at a baseball player hitting three home runs in a
row as being amazing as a batsman scoring a double century. Three good
swings vs hours and hours of concentration and work.
I really think if the whole world understood cricket properly, Sir
Donald would be the undisputed greatest sportsman ever.
Please excuse this rather meandering, disjointed post. It is more of
an outpouring of ponderings than anything else.