The overall appearance of Google’s homepage is, and always has been, quite minimalistic. However, over the years, it’s also become synonymous with ‘Google Doodles,’ specially-designed variations of Google’s logo that are temporarily put up to mark special events and honour prominent personalities from across the world.
Continuing that tradition, the latest Google Doodle commemorates the 110th birthday of Australian cricketing icon Sir Donald George Bradman.
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The doodle isn’t animated or interactive. Instead, it just features a colour caricature of Donald Bradman hitting a ball away with the swing of his bat, set against the backdrop of what appears to be a tapered cricket pitch. The word ‘GOOGLE’ is written on the pitch, with the first ‘O’ hidden behind Bradman’s caricature.
Often referred to as ‘The Don,’ Sir Donald George Bradman is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. His career test batting average of 99.94 is frequently cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.
Bradman made his first-class debut in 1927, when he was 19 years old. Playing for New South Wales (NSW) against Adelaide, he scored a century (118 runs).
Recently, Google marked the 107th birthday of Indian Urdu-language writer Ismat Chugtai. The outspoken Chugtai was known for championing free speech, social liberation, and gender equality through her writings.
Google’s doodle for commemorating India’s 72nd Independence Day was quite intricately-designed, featuring ‘truck art’ seen on trucks throughout the country.