August 14 holds a special place in the history of cricket. This date is associated with two legends. On this day, one expired and the other got ‘uplift’. Incidentally, both these incidents happened in England. On this day in 1948, Don Bradman was bowled at ‘zero’ in his last Test innings at the Oval. On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test century in Manchester on this day.
14 August 1948: Zero in Bradman’s final innings.
Bradman needed just four runs to take his career average to 100 in the final Test innings. In that Test against England, the Australian giants could play only two balls. He was bolstered by Eric Hollies. Looking at his record, he scored 6996 runs in 52 Tests at an average of 99.94.
14 August 1990: Sachin’s first Test century
Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test century at the age of 17. He scored this century in a Test match against England in Manchester. This was Sachin’s ninth Test match and in this he scored an unbeaten 119 runs. The special thing of this match was that in this he was playing on the pad of his ideal Sunil Gavaskar. After this, the journey of Sachin’s century started which went to 51.
#OnThisDay in 1990, a 17-year-old Sachin Tendulkar hit his maiden Test hundred and the rest is history …
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Biggest shock in cricket history!
One such England leg-spinner (Eric Hollies), who had a career of only 13 Test matches, but in his seventh Test, he did such an act, due to which this bowler is still remembered. The Holies had stopped legendary Australian batsman Don Bradman from creating history.
When Eric Hollies stopped Bradman
Bradman missed the magic average of 100 because of Eric. Bradman needed just 4 runs to achieve a three-point charismatic average in his last Test match, but Eric bowled him at ‘zero’, considered the biggest setback in cricket history.
Don Bradman averaged 100
The talk is of those days when the Australian team was on the England tour to play a five-match Test series in 1948. The final Test of the series was played at the Oval. In that Test match, all eyes were on Bradman, who needed only 4 runs to achieve an average of 100.
On 14 August (1948) on the very first day of the Test match, England’s innings was reduced to 52 runs. In response, Australia started strongly and dropped the first wicket for 117 runs, but no cricket fan was ready for what happened after that.
That means Eric finished Bradman’s game in two balls. England lost that Test innings, so Bradman did not get a chance to go in the second innings. After all, Bradman averaged 99.94 in his Test career of 52 Tests. And he also missed completing 7000 runs from four runs.