On 14 August 1990, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test century, but many years before him, on 14 August, the career of the greatest batsman came to a dramatic end.
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The day of 14 August has a special place in the history of cricket. On this day many special exploits happened in the history of cricket for about 150 years. The great batsman Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test century on 14 August at the age of just 17. 14 August is special for another great batsman like Sachin. This person is none other than the biggest batsman don bradman Huh. The only difference is that like Sachin, this day is not one of good memories for him and his fans.
In all three formats of cricket, many batsmen have been dismissed for zero many times throughout their career, but no zero is remembered, not given as much importance as the zero in front of the name of Sir Don Bradman, who is 14. The day of August was recorded 74 years ago. The last of the seven innings of zero in Bradman’s Test career, which snatched the century from the run machine Bradman, which was waiting not only for him, but by the cricketing world.
Cricket’s most dramatic ‘Zero’
On 14 August 1948, the great Australian batsman Bradman came out to bat for the last time in his international career. The eyes were on them. The eyes were on the score next to his name, which was zero when he landed at the crease. This was the same series in which Bradman and his Australian team had badly washed England. In this Test held at The Oval, he was defeated by an innings margin. Just one success came to England’s account that he dismissed Bradman for zero within just two balls and snatched the opportunity of scoring the most special century from him.
Bradman had already said before this series that this would be his last Test series and he needed only 4 runs in the last Test at The Oval, which would have touched his Test average of 100, but in the first innings he was a leg-spinner within 2 balls. Eric Hollys got bowled on the ball.
Australian bowling, English batting ‘disappointed’
Even after this, everyone expected that there might be a chance in the second innings, but Australia’s deadly bowling and England’s weak batting took away this opportunity from them. England could score only 240 runs in both the innings and were far away from Australia’s 389 runs in the first innings. That is, Bradman walked away from Test cricket without playing the second innings and was forever stuck at a batting average of 99.94.