Kallis, Abbas, Sthalekar inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Dubai, August 23

Legendary South African all-rounder Jaques Kallis, Pakistan batting nice Zaheer Abbas and Pune-born former Australian captain Lisa Sthalekar have been on Sunday inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame in a digital ceremony.

Among the best all-rounders to play the sport, Kallis represented South Africa in 166 Tests, 328 ODIs and 25 T20s between 1995 and 2014.

The 44-year-old is Proteas’ highest run-getter in Tests and ODIs with 13,289 and 11,579 runs respectively. He additionally picked up 292 and 273 wickets in Tests and ODIs as a quick bowler.

Remarkably, he’s the one participant to attain at the very least 10,000 runs and take at the very least 250 wickets in each Test and ODI cricket.

The ICC performed the ceremony just about owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was attended by, amongst others, Kallis’ long-time teammate Shaun Pollock and Indian nice Sunil Gavaskar.

“It is something that I never expected when I started playing. I certainly did not play the game for any accolades or anything like that, I only wanted to win the games for whoever I was playing for,” mentioned Kallis in an ICC launch.

“But it is nice to be recognised when one has succeeded in the sport, it is nice to be recognised by people for something that you have achieved in the game, something that I am really proud of.”            

Kallis is the fourth South African participant to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and Abbas the sixth from Pakistan.

Sthalekar is the 27th from Australia and the ninth girl participant within the checklist, which incorporates 5 from her nation.

In all, 93 gamers have been inducted to this point underneath the system, which sees retired gamers turn out to be eligible 5 years after taking part in their final worldwide match.

Former ICC Cricket Hall of Famers shaped the vast majority of the adjudicating panel with illustration from the media, ICC and Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA).

Gavaskar, who himself was inducted into the elite membership in 2009, spoke extremely of Kallis.

“He is a colossus. The word fits him like a glove. No praise is too high for this colossus. Very well deserved to be in this ICC Hall of Fame,” mentioned Gavaskar.

Gavaskar was additionally all reward for ladies’s cricket nice Sthalekar.

“It is sweet to have one other ‘Kar’ within the ICC Hall of Fame. Well accomplished. You are an inspiration, not simply in Australia additionally in India (as she was born there).

“You have interacted with many cricketers in India including the junior cricketers. You have shown with your feistiness that women can play at the highest level.”     

Sthalekar represented Australia in eight Tests, 125 ODIs and 54 T20s.

“I am deeply humbled to receive this honour. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would ever get to join such an illustrious group of players,” she mentioned.

The third cricketer to be feted within the ceremony was Abbas, hailed because the ‘Asian Bradman’.

“Absolutely delighted. No one deserves it more than him. Don’t know why it took so long but better late than ever. When you saw him bat, even when it was your team’s expense, you enjoyed his batting,” mentioned Gavaskar            

“His class made you enjoy. His hunger for big runs stood out. I am very happy to call him a friend,” he added.

Abbas performed 78 Tests and 62 ODIs for Pakistan, accumulating 5,062 and a pair of,572 runs respectively. He averaged over 40 in each the codecs.

The 73-year-old is the one participant from Asia to have scored at the very least a 100 first-class a whole lot and the primary one to attain three successive ODI a whole lot.

“I feel privileged and truly humbled to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame of the class of 2020. I am excited to be in the midst of other illustrious cricketers,” Abbas mentioned within the ICC assertion. PTI 


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