ICC Hall of Fame announced the latest inductees who are former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas and former Australian women team’s captain Lisa Sthalekar.
ICC made the announcement during a live show on social media which had Sunil Gavaskar, Melanie Jones and Shaun Pollock as the chief guests while Wasim Akram, Graeme Smith and Alyssa Healy also played a part in congratulating the new inductees.
ICC Hall Of Fame’s New Inductee Jacques Kallis Is Honored
Former South African Jacques Kallis has a record of winning 23 Player of Match awards in Test career besides having above 10000 runs and 200 wickets in both Tests and ODIs and is the team’s highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs.
“It’s a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. 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.”
“But it is nice to be recognized when one has succeeded in the sport, it is nice to be recognized by people for something that you have achieved in the game, something that I am really proud of,” Kallis said.
Jacques Kallis is the 4th South African player to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame while Zaheer Abbas is the 7th from Pakistan. Lisa Sthalekar is the 27th from Australia and the 9th woman player in the list, which includes 5 from Australia. The 8 others include Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Belinda Clark, Enid Bakewell, Debbie Hockley, Betty Wilson, Karen Rolton, Claire Taylor, Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
ICC Hall Of Fame’s New Woman Inductee Lisa Sthalekar Deeply Humbled
Lisa Sthalekar is ODI World Cup winner in 2005 and 2013 besides being T20 World Cup winner in 2010 and 2012 and is the first woman to achieve the ODI double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets.
“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.”
“I was fortunate enough to learn from the best when I entered the Australia team Belinda Clark, Karen Rolton and Cathryn Fitzpatrick, all of whom have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and rightly so. The guidance from them and other teammates along the way kept me focused but also ensured that it was a fun environment. Thanks to all my teammates.”
“It goes without saying that if it wasn’t for the support of my family, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have,” Lisa Sthalekar said.
In all, 93 players have been inducted so far under the system, which sees retired players become eligible five years after playing their last international match.
ICC Hall Of Fame’s New Inductee Zaheer Abbas Felt Privileged
Zaheer Abbas is the first batsman to score 5 successive tons and the only Asian to score 100 first-class centuries.
“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.
“I would like to say a special thanks to my family, my country Pakistan, my county Gloucestershire and many fans worldwide who helped me achieve and fulfil my dreams by playing this great game at the highest level. Thank you, ICC, and the members of the jury, for this special honour. It is a final recognition for any cricketer.”
“This great game has made me the person I am. Thank you cricket,” Zaheer Abbas said.
In 2019, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar became the 6th Indian to be inducted in the Hall of Fame alongside former South Africa pacer Allan Donald and twice World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
Before inclusion of Sachin Tendulkar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid were also in ICC’s Hall of Fame.