Don Bradman’s legendary bat to grace Kolkata museum, courtesy Michael Clarke
The bat used by Don Bradman during India’s first tour of Australia in 1947-48 became a part of Fanattic Sports Museum’s collection after Michael Clarke handed it over to them.india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 20, 2017 14:14 IST
A bat used by Australia cricket team legend Don Bradman during India’s first tour of Australia in 1947-48 was presented to the Fanattic Sports Museum in Kolkata on Tuesday.
It was handed over by former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke on behalf of Nikhil Daftary who is a Melbourne-based collector of sports memorabilia.
Since David Warner’s bat too is part of the museum’s collection, it helped former internationals such as Deep Dasgupta, Brad Hogg and Clarke compare the two and show how thick bats of today’s generation have become.
“To have averaged 99.94 with bats of this kind makes you marvel all over again at what that man achieved,” said Clarke.
Also given to the museum was a painting of Clarke making 329 against India in Sydney in January 2012.
Australia will face India in the second ODI match of their five-game series in Kolkata on Sunday and the Steve Smith-led side will look to bounce back after a heavy defeat in Chennai.
The visitors were completely outplayed in the first ODI as the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal wreaked havoc after Hardik Pandya’s brilliant partnership with MS Dhoni which took India to a respectable total.