Three cricketing greats and standout performers within the historical past of the sport – legendary opener Virender Sehwag, former Indian Women Test skipper Diana Edulji and Sri Lanka’s iconic star Aravinda de Silva are the newest inductees to be added to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday introduced the identify of the three legends of cricket as the newest inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Sehwag had dynamism a damaging opener of the fashionable period holds a report that’s nonetheless exhausting to match, the primary Indian with a Triple century. Sehwag has in actual fact scored two Triple Hundreds.
During his illustrious profession, Sehwag scored 23 Test centuries, the fifth most by an India males’s participant and claimed a report of the very best rating by an Indian participant ever, 319 which was in opposition to South Africa in Chennai in 2008. Overall, Sehwag has 8,586 runs to his identify at a mean of 49.34 in 104 appearances.
Even although, Shewag’s statistics within the pink ball format communicate volumes about his potential, his explosive model of play thrived within the ODI format. In 251 ODI video games, the right-handed batter has 8,273 runs at a mean of 35.05. He additionally helped India declare their second ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup title in 2011, along with his 380 runs for the event the seventh-best for any participant in the course of the event.
“I would like to thank the ICC and the jury for inducting me with this honour. I feel extremely grateful for having spent a great part of my life doing what I loved most, ‘hitting the cricket ball’. I would also like to thank my family, friends, people I played with, and countless people who prayed for me selflessly,” Sehwag mentioned after being inducted into the Hall of Fame as quoted from ICC.
The second inductee within the ICC Hall of Fame Edulji captained India for nearly three a long time, and as a left-arm orthodox spinner claimed 100 wickets whereas making 54 worldwide appearances. Edulji took up the position of administrator with Western Railways and labored exhausting to create alternatives for employment for ladies cricketers. She additionally performed an influential position in creating the sports activities coverage of Western and Indian Railways.
“At the outset, I would like to thank the ICC and the Jury for having selected me to be inducted in the ICC Hall Of Fame 2023. It indeed is a great honour to be the first Indian Women Cricketer to be inducted and join a galaxy of cricketers, male and female from across the world. I am delighted to be considered for this award. It’s not only a proud moment for me, my family and friends but also for BCCI and Indian Women’s Cricket,” Edulji mentioned.
The third inductee of the ICC Hall of Fame was a winner of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup with Sri Lanka in 1996 – Aravinda de Silva. The Sri Lankan batter was recognized for his consistency, scoring 20 Test centuries throughout an 18-year worldwide profession which is the third most by any Sri Lanka males’s participant. His experience with the bat wasn’t restricted within the red-ball format, in white-ball cricket he has 11 centuries to his identify.
In 93 Test matches, Silva scored 6,361 runs at a mean of 42.97. Coming to ODIs, he featured in 308 video games and scored 9,284 runs at a mean of 34.90.
Silva thanked his household for taking part in a large position in his profession and mentioned, “I am filled with profound gratitude as I accept the immense honour of being inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. This achievement is a tribute to the dedication, sacrifice, and love that have shaped my cricketing journey. My family, my parents, my sister, my wife and children are my anchor, and deserve the deepest thanks for their unwavering support and sacrifice, which have propelled me towards success. My friends, steadfast companions throughout my highs and lows, have been my pillars of strength. To my coaches, teachers, fans and supporters, your relentless belief in me has fuelled my drive to succeed. My mentors and captains have guided and inspired me, and my teammates have been my extended family on this incredible journey. To the ones I have played against, thank you for enriching my game.”