Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman

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Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman

Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman

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Sachin Tendulkar Cannot be Equated With Bradman


A big joke

Reporter has compared Sachin Tendulkar and Don Bradman and stated that Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest. One can give a big clap to Reporter for cracking a joke. The remark does not deserve anything more than that. But surprisingly, many newspapers and cricket analysts and particularly from India have taken these words seriously and are heaping praise on Sachin Tendulkar.

You can accuse Geoff Boycott, but not Don Bradman

Reporter has given some reasons for his worthless comments. He says that Don Bradman never played on pitches other than in England and Australia. Right, but was it Bradman’s fault not to have visited other countries? Cricket in those days was mainly restricted to test matches between England and Australia. Other countries that are playing cricket today like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies etc were British colonies in those times. Therefore it was not that the great Don willingly forewent playing on these soils. You can accuse Geoff Boycott for willingly abstaining from playing on Indian and Pakistani soil, but not Bradman. Simply opportunity did not present itself.

Queen Victoria never used mobile phones

Reporter has also stated that the Don did not play one day matches. Reporter could have gone one step further and said that as Queen Victoria did not use mobile phones, she should have been surely poor in technology. How many people are not aware that during the days of Bradman, only the test match form of cricket existed? Was it the fault of the Don that one day matches were not invented at that time? Was it the fault of Queen Victoria that mobile phones were not invented in her times? Only a fool will say that Sachin is greater than Bradman. But having said that, I like to place my humble observation that the Don would have butchered all the bowlers had he played in a typical one day match.

Don played in difficult pitches

Let us set the record straight. The great Don played in difficult conditions compared to Sachin Tendulkar. In those days, the pitches were not covered and were left to the vagaries of the nature. Overnight rain could soak the pitches and make them as sticky dogs. Such sticky dogs could turn into sun-baked pitches in the event of a bright sunshine the next day morning. It was an ideal condition for the bowlers and particularly spinners to exploit the pitch and bowl out the batsmen for low scores. There was a joke that if a dog urinated the pitch, the English spinner Derek Underwood would be assured of five wickets in the innings at a minimum. I am quoting this only as an example to prove the difficult nature of pitches those days. Underwood himself never bowled to Don as the two played in different era. There was also a controversy that Underwood was not really a spinner, but a seamer. I do not want to enter into this argument now as it is not the subject topic.

Sachin never even knows what the meaning of a sticky dog is

The great Don played in those sticky dogs and scored plenty of runs. If you want me to name a batsman who could play better in such sun-baked pitches, I would vote for Victor Trumper, another Aussie who played in the nineteenth century end and died at an early age in I suppose 1911 and definitely not Sachin Tendulkar. Why? Sachin never got a chance even to play a single ball on sticky dogs because he was well protected by the covering of the pitches if it drizzles the slightest. Only a fool will say that Sachin is greater than the Don.

Don braved the bodyline series without helmets

There was an entire series in 1933 in which the England captain Douglas Jardine conspired with his prime fast bowler Herald Larwood and the other fielders to invent the so called leg theory for the sole purpose of injuring the Australian batsmen one after the other if they failed to get out. This strategy was devised on the deck of the ship while the England players were journeying to Australia. The series itself was called bodyline series and was mired in controversy, protests and angry reaction. Australia at one stage threatened to cut off its diplomatic relations with England. The Australian captain Woodfull fell, getting injured on his head. According to the conspiracy, Larwood would bowl the ball angling down on the leg side and mostly it was a bouncer. All the ten fielders including the wicket keeper stood on the leg side. Either the batsman got out caught or was sent retired hurt with the skull broken. But the Don survived even this terror of terrors and even scored runs though not as much as otherwise he would have.

Sachin wears all the protective guards

Has Sachin done any such brave act? There is no chance for Sachin to face anything like a bodyline series, because it had been banned from cricket after the 1933 disaster. Sachin faces only harmless bouncers now, which he lets fly over his head and the field placing supporting the leg theory is also banned now. Sachin is also protected by innumerable protective gears like the helmets, face guards, abdomen guards, shoulder guards, elbow guards and what not. The Don braved the breeze of bouncers with a solitary cap on his head. Salute to the Don or to Tendulkar? Only a fool will say that Sachin is greater than Bradman.

After losing touch for eight long years, the Don starts massacring again

The Don’s career seemed to be over in 1938. In that year, war clouds were hovering over Europe. Germany under Adolf Hitler had captured or threatened to capture one region after another like the Rhineland, Sudetenland, Austria etc. Chamberlain’s efforts in signing the Munich pact failed and on September 1st 1939, Germany attacked Poland followed on the next day by the declaration of War on Germany by the allies England and France. With that, the Second World War had begun. When the War had finally ended in 1945, reparations for the war-ravaged European nations started under the Marshall Plan. Nobody had any time to even talk about cricket, let alone to play it. In 1946, it was conceived to organise a test series between the old rivals England and Australia in Australia. Would the Don play in it? No chance, after a gap of eight long years and that too without any practice, so thought many. But the Don came back to continue from where he left eight years back to torment the English bowlers. They were despatched to all parts of the field with ruthless efficiency. Yes, the same Don had not lost his touch even an inch. When Lala Amarnath’s Indians visited Australia the same year, they too were butchered by the Don’s blade.

Can Tendulkar come back after eight years’ rest?

Now tell me, if Tendulkar sits at home for eight years without touching his bat, can he score even half as much as he is scoring now? His dire fans may bet on that, but general public and neutral observers of cricket will vouchsafe that not only Tendulkar, but any other player will find it virtually impossible to even life his bat after a gap of eight years. That knack belongs only to the great Don. Only a fool will say that Sachin is greater than Bradman.

Even statistics supports Don

To summarise, the Don played in very difficult times and faced adverse conditions. He was threatened by the bodyline leg theory, he was tormented by sticky dogs and sun-baked pitches and he was prevented from playing cricket for eight full years. Inspite of all these things, the Don rose as a single man and averaged 99.94 in his distinguished play of 52 test matches. Perhaps the only failure of Don Bradman was in his last innings at the Oval in 1948 when he was clean bowled by Eric Hollies for no score much to the disappointment of the Oval crowd as people all over the world were expecting the Don to complete an average of 100 in his distinguished career with a boundary hit. But Sachin Tendulkar is playing on easy pitches and facing no adverse conditions. Even then Sachin Tendulkar is unable to even approach anywhere near Bradman’s immaculate average of nearly 100. Many people placing Sachin Tendulkar above Don Bradman rely on statistics for their argument. Even if one takes into account statistics which is more like a bikini clad as it conceals the vital while revealing plenty, one has to grudgingly or otherwise admit that the Don’s record is far superior to Sachin’s. Moreover Sachin is not a match winner like Don. When things go critical for India, Sachin’s support cannot be counted. Sachin will bat and score centuries and double centuries for creating records and not for winning matches for India as is the style of most Bombay players including Sunil Gavaskar (but excluding Dilip Vengsarkar). I am a fan of Sachin and I love to watch his strokes every ball sitting before the idiot box. But I do not want to fool myself by comparing Sachin with the incomparable Don. Only a fool will say that Sachin is greater than Bradman.

Comments 9 comments

Gans 4 years ago

Got to agree with you.

Too much emphasis is placed on records and stats. Sachin played a remarkably mature innings at the age of sixteen against Pak in Pak when they had great bowlers back then. I would rate that better than a 100 or 200 against an ordinary team under good batting conditions.

Just as Don didn't have many opportunities to play in other countries, Sachin didn't get to play enough under difficult conditions.

All said, I got to agree with you that if Don Bradman could score such a high percentage under extremely tough conditions, he would have been very dominant in modern cricket.

Thanks for defending a great batsman even though he isn't an Indian. That shows your objective view on the subject.


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you for your comments


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dhannyya 4 years ago

wonderful artcle..i agree with u sir


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dhannyya 4 years ago

wonderful artcle..i agree with u sir


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you Dhannyya. The baby is so cute.


saran 4 years ago

its not sachin fault or gift to play in gud tracks, if he had born early he would be the greatest of all time.it doesnt mean don is not the best. But sachin gaves his best in all formats. Critics can compare sachin with an umpire too


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Dear saran,

I thank you for your valuable comments. While Don Bradman has played and excelled in unfavourable pitches also, Sachin has scored most of his runs only on good batting tracks.

Best wishes to you,


sridhar 4 years ago

hands of you sir


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Dear sridhar,

I thank you for your valuable comments.

Best wishes to you,

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