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George Headley – The ‘Black Bradman’

September 19, 2020

Written By,

Payel Gosh

While Bradman was causing a ripple effect in Australia, George Headley burst on the scene on the opposite side of the world, in Jamaica. He came to be known as the 'Dark Bradman'. His is a significant wonderful adventure. Bradman separated, just three men have arrived at the midpoint of sixty of every a total Test profession of sensible length – South African southpaw Graeme Pollock 60.97, Headley 60.83, and Herbert Sutcliffe 60.73.

Headley's accomplishments are, for the most part, the more respectable because West Indies, at that point, were making their first provisional strides in the Test field. Headley made a more sensational section in Test cricket though he was nine months younger than Bradman. He hit 176 in the second innings of his presentation Test against England at Bridgetown in 1929-30.

He savored English bowling, splitting a hundred in every innings, 114 and 112, of his third Test at Georgetown in the group's lady win, and a twofold century, 223, in his fourth Test, on home turf at Kingston. The pioneer experts were lowered, getting back with the four-Test arrangement drawn 1-1. It was enormous inception at the most significant level, 703 runs at a normal of 87.87. No big surprise, the cheerful individuals of bright Caribbean called Bradman the 'White Headley'.

Headley scored up hundreds in Test matches

In the testing 1930-31 visit Down Under, Headley scored up hundreds in the Brisbane and Sydney Tests, experiencing Bradman for the main time in his vocation. Bradman himself scored 223 at Brisbane.

Headley kept on excoriating England's bowlers. A major hundred – 169 not out; at Old Trafford in the 1933 arrangement was trailed by his top score of 270 not out; definitely at Kingston, in 1934. For the second time in Tests, Headley hit a century in every innings, 106 and 107, this time in the consecrated field of Lord's in 1939.

Headley's games before the Second World War

Len Hutton was an audacious admirer of Headley, as he wrote in his Fifty Years in Cricket. Nobody respected him more than Hutton, as Hutton handled at Lord's in 1939; when he scored impeccable hundreds of years in the two innings on a losing side. For quite a long time he was the West Indies batting, and he must be referenced concurrently as Bradman (the 'White Headley' as indicated by Jamaicans), Hammond, and Hobbs. Clarrie Grimmett portrayed him as 'the best on-side player ever'. He was one of cricket's lord batsmen who had never fizzled in an arrangement; somewhere in the range of 1929 and 1939 and, as a scorer, was second just to Bradman.

Not long before the Second World War broke out, Headley had scored 2135 runs at a normal of 66.71 in 19 Tests. From that point, he played one Test in every one of three distinctive arrangements up to 1953; overseeing just another 55 runs.

Up to the War, seldom has a group depended such a great amount on one batsman as the West Indies did on Headley. He scored a fourth of their runs, two percent more than Bradman accomplished for Australia. Solid on the back foot, he savored hitting past mid-on and took care of the awful wickets deftly. He carried a new scent of Caribbean energy to the worldwide game; a pioneer in the long queue of innately talented batsmen from those removed immaculate islands.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh