Who has been the most overrated cricketers of all time?
‘SIR’ Donald Bradman is the most overrated cricketer ever. He is a legend for sure, but definitely not worth the hype.
- The LBW law was not properly implemented till 1937, when it became an MCC law. Prior to it, the batsmen were not given out even if the ball hits the pads.
- Bradman played international cricket against 4 nations - England, West Indies, South Africa and India. Out of his 52 appearances in tests, he played more than 70% of them against England. Playing most of the matches against just one team made him familiar with their bowling.
- Bradman had hardly played in 10–12 grounds(that too only in England and Australia) throughout his career. He was well aware of the conditions there. Players like Ponting, Tendulkar and Sangakkara have played in 10+ countries and 50+ grounds.
- Spin bowling was not so dominant in those days. There was no single quality spinner in the English side at that time. Who knows what would Bradman’s average be, if he had played in current spin-friendly tracks of Asia.
- He averaged 178.75 against India and 201.50 against South Africa. Both these teams were amateur and didn’t had enough experience in the international arena. It’s like Steve Smith playing against minnows like Bermuda or Oman.
- His average was not exceptional against the English and the Caribbean teams. His average against WI is 74.5 and England is 89.78. If any modern-day legend plays such a high percentage of matches against just one team, he would definitely have the similar average. Imagine Kohli playing 70% of his matches against Srilanka (or) Sangakkara playing against Bangladesh.
- The strategists play an important role in today’s game. The check the batting videos of the opposition player and devise a plan to get him out. All opposition teams had their plans against Tendulkar and Ponting, well ahead of the match. There no such facilities during Bradman’s era.
- Cricket in those days only had one format. That too was played rarely. In a career spanning for 13 years(no cricket for 6 years 1939–45, due to WW2), Bradman played just 52 tests. that’s 4 tests per year. Current generation players play games of all the 3-formats. They take immense pressure while playing the shorter formats.
- Whenever the pitch is hard to play, he wouldn't come to bat. He would be given an absent hurt. That also boosted his average. He didn't bat in both the innings of the 5th test vs England at London.
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