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  Monday, 26 February, 2001, 13:12 GMT
Cricket world salutes Bradman
Sir Donald Bradman
The Don: A 1993 portrait taken at his home
Leading cricket figures pay their own personal tributes to the late Sir Donald Bradman.

Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian opener
"The cricketing world assumed that like his batting, he would score a century in life as well. To Indians, for most of whom cricket is a religion, Sir Donald Bradman was god."

Geoff Boycott, former England batsman
"When he did get in he made big hundreds.He was greedy - and that's how you should be. He had a phenomenal rate of scoring, much quicker than anyone else."

Graeme Pollock, former South African batsman
"People become sceptical whenever a sportsman is hailed as 'the greatest', but Sir Donald's stature has never been doubted or queried. It's hardly surprising that he's been described as the greatest Australian ever."

Sir Alec Bedser, former England seam bowler
"He was the best. He played cricket as it should be played. He will never be surpassed. He was just extraordinary. I am proud that he considered me one of his greatest friends in England."

Naimur Rahman, current Bangladesh captain
"I am deeply grieved - a living legend has passed away. I regret I did not have the opportunity to meet the legend."

Arthur Morris, former team-mate, one of the 1948 Invincibles
"Even when he got a duck he walked off the same way as if he'd got a hundred. There was no drama about it. He just handled himself so well, as he did throughout life. He had everything going for him and he was such a great captain."

John Howard, Australia's Prime Minister
"It was always going to be a shock when Don Bradman died because he has really been the most dominant figure in Australian life now for decades."

Fred Trueman, former England Test bowler
"Possibly the greatest batsman who ever lived. I found him to be a great friend and a very nice man.. I would love to have had the great honour of bowling against him. That would have been marvellous."

Richie Benaud, cricket commentator and former Australian captain
"He had a very, very acute cricketing brain that could see things that you might not have seen for yourself. He was always a couple of overs ahead of the players."

Dickie Bird, former Test umpire
"He was a wonderful player, who seemed to caress the ball. He was a genius. It is a massive blow for cricket. He had a gift. He had balance, saw the ball early and had a tremendous eye."

Mike Gatting, former England skipper
"He was the greatest player of his generation, there is no doubt about that. People used to write in for autographs from him long after he retired from playing."

Malcolm Gray, president of the The International Cricket Council
"Sir Donald never compromised his standards in any walk of life or in any field in which he became involved. Because of these qualities and achievements he was revered throughout and beyond cricket. He was a great Australian."

Steve Waugh, Australian skipper
"We, as Australians, can take inspiration from the way he played the game as he always tried to be one step ahead. He set standards, so even today we can use him as an inspiration. What struck me was how humble he was about his achievements and that he wanted to see himself as a normal person. This is a lesson in humility for us all."

Sachin Tendulkar, Indian batsman
"I am one of the luckiest guys on this earth because I had the chance to meet him - it will always remain a special moment in my life. Everybody rates him the best and there is no doubt about it. While growing up as a kid it was a tremendous thing to hear all the elderly people talking about him."

Sir Donald Bradman dies aged 92

Cricket's loss

A legend mourned

A life at the crease



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