29 July 2011

Bradman and Sachin

Amidst some random surfing (yes, it is random when I do it) I encountered some efforts at humor about cricket.  A sport I know absolutely nothing about.  Several of the jokes involved people named Bradman and/or Sachin. 

Sachin turns out to be an Indian cricketer, full name Sachin Tendulkar, described somewhere as "the first and the only player in Test Cricket history to score fifty centuries, and the first to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined."  Don't ask me for an explanation of that.

Bradman?  Sir Donald, if you please.  He passed away in 2001, but he was an Australian legend.  The Aussies think he was the greatest cricketer ever.  At his height, in 1931, a London paper said, "It is almost time to request a legal limit on the number of runs Bradman should be allowed to make."

And he wasn't even named Bruce.

If you have an Aussie and an Indian in the same room, and you want to get a lively conversation underway, ask them whether Sachin is greater than Bradman.  There is at least one facebook page devoted to that question.

Anyway, here is one of the corny jokes arising out of this intergenerational/international comparison.  

Sachin one day said:  "God has sent me to teach the world how to play cricket."

Bradman replied: "That's a mistake.  I didn't send anyone!"

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