Sachin Tendulkar scoring a historic 50th Test ton has re-ignited the debate on who is the greatest batsman of all time -- he or Don Bradman, and a poll commissioned by an Australian newspaper saw the Indian icon in front by a small margin though voting is yet to be over.
In an online poll in Sydney Morning Herald king to vote for 'The greatest batsman ever: Bradman or Tendulkar?', 847 cricket fans have voted so far and Tendulkar has got 53 per cent as against 47 per cent of the Australian legend.
A write up in the newspaper said many people asked if the comparison between the Little Master and the Don was fair considering they played in different eras.
"His (Tendulkar's) legend grows ever larger. And having become the first man to score 50 Test centuries, Tendulkar has re-ignited debate about who is the greatest batsman ever. Is it India's 37-year-old Little Master, or Australia's late, great Sir Donald Bradman? Or is it even fair or realistic to compare these two men from very different eras?," cricket writer Daniel Lewis asked.
The write-up said the comparison between the two legends goes beyond numbers. "Bradman scored 29 tons from 80 innings at unparalleled conversion rate of a century every 2.76 innings. Second best is Tendulkar's 50 centuries from 286 innings, or one every 5.72 innings. Then there are the averages. Bradman's Test mark of 99.94 stands like a beacon among cricketing statistics, although Tendulkar's 56.89 is none too shabby. The debate goes beyond numbers. Bradman played on uncovered wickets, Tendulkar on covered ones. Bradman played Tests in two countries, Tendulkar in 10."