ICC (International Cricket Council) on 23rd August inducted 3 legends into the ICC Hall Of Fame 2020. Every cricketer dreams and aspire to reach this milestone, however there are very few who are able to achieve this feat.
The World Cup winning All rounder Lisa Sthalekar, South African great Jacques Kallis and Pakistani Legend Zaheer Abbas have been honoured with ICC Hall Of Fame this year.
The three Cricketers have undeniable contribution in the world of cricket and for their respective nation. ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, “It is always a pleasure to announce the latest set of inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. These are all players with a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations for years to come. I congratulate Zaheer, Jacques and Lisa on their inclusion in the pantheon of cricket greats.”
The show was broadcasted via ICC digital platform. The event was hosted by Alan Wilkins featured greats of the game like Sunil Gavaskar, Melanie Jone and Shaun Pullock. While the likes of Wasim Akram, Graeme Smith and Alyssa Healy were seen giving a congratulatory message for the inductees.
Jacques Kallis said, ““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 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.”
The South African all rounder is the only Cricketer to score more than 10,000 runs and take more than 250 wickets in both Test as well as T20’s. Kallis made his test debut against England in 1995 and his ODI debut against the same side in 1996. Kallis is the highest run getter for South Africa in Test matches scoring 13000 plus runs.
Lisa Sthalekar said, ““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 is the first woman cricketer to achieve the feat of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. Lisa Sthalekar played key roles in crunch moments in ICC Women’s World Cup 2005, ICC Woman’s World Cup 2013, ICC Woman’s T20 World Cup in 2010 and 2012.
Pakistani Batsman Zaheer Abbas said,
“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.”
Popularly known as Asia’s Bradman, Zaheer Abbas one of the greatest batsman of all time. Just after making his test dubut in 1969, the Great Abbas in his second test went onto score 274 against the might England. Zaheer Abbas is the only Asian batsman to have 100 first class centuries.
Zaheer Abbas played for Gloucestershire for 13 years. In those 13 years he made many milestone including scoring 2000 runs in a single season. Playing for Gloucestershire he scored, 16,000 runs averaging 49.79 with 49 hundreds and 76 fifties.