23/08/2008

Bradman missing 4 runs found



It is a fact that Bradman played his last test innings needing 4 runs to end his career with a test average of 100. As the folklore goes, the prolific Bradman was out for a duck in his last innings, leaving him with an average of 99.94 %.


This mishap caused anguish among his fans and until now, none did anything to rectify it. Even so, Charles Davis a statistician and an obvious Bradman fan, was spurred to examine old test match score books in quest of the missing '4' runs.

What he found was a "tantalizing clue" that revealed four runs scored by Bradman was wrongly credited to another batsmen. (You can read more about the error here.)

However many skeptics, including this blogger, wonder how this "tantalizing clue" was uncovered during Bradman's centenary year.

In fact there are many who openly wonder whether Charles Davis has timed his revelation to promote a book.

(Image from Grand Valley State University Public safety campaign)



8 Comments:

Blogger Ravindran said...

U come acrosss such tales in cricket. Like some geting out at 99 or 199 , some getting stopped at 99 test matches.It is likely that in the olden days when the scoring was done seriously these four runs could have slipped into another account.

23/08/2008, 09:22  
Blogger Ottayan said...

R,

However, this is a 'tall' tale. :)

23/08/2008, 09:26  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

four play.
if they snoop around any more, they may clip some runs off the don.
btw srk or big b as don?

23/08/2008, 12:05  
Blogger Ottayan said...

NC,

Rajinikanth.

23/08/2008, 12:41  
Blogger Straight Point said...

hope this four runs don't cross the boundary line... :)

23/08/2008, 16:31  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Pan,

Which four? :)

23/08/2008, 16:37  
Anonymous scorpicity said...

I never knew insider trading happened even among the old time cricketers... psst... buy me beer... nah i will give you four runs instead

23/08/2008, 21:24  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Scorpi,

Charles Davis 3 minute fame.:)

24/08/2008, 06:29  

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