1. Donald Bradman

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The great batsman’s achievements are simply staggering; reiterating his numbers – 52 Tests, 80 innings, 6996 runs and an average of 99.94 – would make us almost sure that either these numbers don’t belong to a human, or more precisely, that they will remain untouched by posterity. And from Bradman’s career one can also infer a message of relatively trivial importance – if you don’t make it big in your first match, that’s hardly a worrying matter – he could mange only 18 and 1 in his first international match.