Muttiah Muralitharan to be inducted in ICC Hall of Fame
Muttiah Muralitharan the Legendary spinner and the Sri Lankan spin magician is all set to become the first Sri Lankan inducted in ICC Hall of fame along with Karen Rolton (Australian Women Captain), Arthur Morris (Australian Test player) and George Lohmann (England pacer) will be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, the cricket governing body announced on Wednesday (July 27). Muttiah Muralitharan to be inducted in ICC Hall of Fame!
“The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognises some of the truly great players from cricket’s long and illustrious history, and this year’s inductees thoroughly deserve to be in this highly prestigious group,” said David Richardson, the ICC chief executive. “Muralitharan has been one of the greats of the modern era. His guile and consistency over the years helped Sri Lanka develop as a very competitive side in both Tests and ODI cricket.
Muttiah Muralitharan has played 133 Test matches picking up 800 wickets in the longest format is also the highest wicket taker in Cricket. His bowling average of 22.72 was bettered by only few players in the Test cricket. Murali also had 534 ODI wicket’s to his name. Is it expected no bowler in this generation will come close to the mark set by him.
Karen Rolton, a former Australia women’s captain, represented Aussie’s in 14 Tests and 141 One-Day Internationals to end with 1,002 and 4,814 runs respectively. She was part of the Australian women’s sides that won World Cups in 1997 and 2005.
Arthur Morris is one of Australia’s greatest ever batsman and was part of Sir Donald Bradman’s famous ‘Invincibles’ side of 1948, he was classy and elegant and amassed big scores when Australia needed vital runs at the top. He represented Australia from 1946 to 1955, played 46 Tests to end with 3,533 runs at an average of 46.48 with 12 centuries to his name.
George Lohmann, the former England fast bowler, played just 18 Tests in a career that spanned close to a decade between 1886-1896 but picked up 112 wickets at an astonishing average of 10.75 with five ten-wicket hauls.
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland congratulated the duo of Morris and Rolton on their achievements.