"Not since Shakespeare has anyone been so far ahead of his colleagues” Peter Roebuck, Sydney Morning Herald cricket writer
Bradman’s batting average was 99.4. The next best average is South Africa’s Grame Pollock at 60.97 with Brian Lara occupying the third spot having raked-in an average of 53.78. For comparisons sake, Bradman could have thrown every wicket away for a duck once in every three of his innings, and he still would have averaged near 67.
Jordan’s record was an average of 30.12 points scored per-game, but it isn’t a record miles ahead of the chasing pack alike Bradman's. Wilt Chamberlain struck an average of 30.07 over his career while both Kevin Durant and Lebron James are not far behind on 27. All of this, and Nike never even thought about releasing a pair of Air Bradman’s. Perhaps it’s not as catchy.
In the late 1980’s the Detroit Pistons came up with 'The Jordan Rules’, a way of using their whole team to take on one individual, or as they put it, ‘to play him tough and throw him off balance’.
In 1932 England captain Douglas Jardine formed the ‘Leg Theory’ in order to try and stop Bradman from scoring. In short, balls were bowled at Bradman’s body while the leg side was stacked with fieldsmen. It was controversial to say the least.
There may be many similarities and differences between James and Bradman but we wouldn’t want to change anything about the legend of their careers. After Bradman died, Sachin Tendulkar – the batsman said to be most like the great man in his swishing style and instinctive grace – put it best:
“Whatever he has achieved is always a dream for other batsman. They want to be like him, but it is probably impossible to get there”.
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