Sachin Tendulkar, on Monday (August 27), recalled his cherished meeting with the legendary Sir Don Bradman on the former Australia skipper’s 110th birth anniversary.
Bradman was so impressed with Sachin Tendulkar that he once said the India legend played more like him than any other batsman. Perhaps that was the reason Bradman, arguably the greatest batsman of all time, invited Tendulkar, the most celebrated player of the modern era, to his Adelaide home on his 90th birthday in 1998. It was a meeting that Sachin Tendulkar has always cherished.
Time and again Tendulkar has recalled that famous meeting with Bradman in interviews and through posts on social media. And the batting maestro recalled it once again on Bradman’s 110th birth anniversary. Tendulkar took to Twitter to cherish that special meeting, writing:
“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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/JXsKxKwZJm
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 27, 2018
For the most part of his illustrious career, Tendulkar was compared to Bradman. And the legendary Australian once said Tendulkar’s technique reminded him of his style.
In the book ‘Bradman’s Best’ it was written:
“He was most taken in by Tendulkar’s technique, compactness and his shot production and had asked his wife to have a look at the Indian as he felt that Tendulkar played like he had. Jessie agreed that they appeared similar.”
Bradman achieved a lifetime test batting average of 99.4, which many consider to be one of the greatest achievements by any athlete in a sport. He averaged at least one century every three innings over the course of his 21-year test match career. He amassed a total of 6,996 runs in 52 Test matches.
On the other hand, Tendulkar retired as the highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs and with 100 international centuries.