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Three new ICC Hall of Fame inductees have been announced.

Three new ICC Hall of Fame inductees have been announced.

Three of the game’s all-time greats have been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

On Monday, the ICC announced three new inductees to the ICC Hall of Fame: legendary opener Virender Sehwag, India trailblazer Diana Edulji, and Sri Lanka superstar Aravinda de Silva.

Mr. Virender Sehwag
104 Tests – 8,586 runs at 49.34 average, 40 wickets
251 One-Day Internationals – 8,273 runs at an average of 35.05, 96 wickets
19 Twenty20 Internationals – 394 runs at an average of 21.88

Sehwag, one of the most destructive batters of the modern era, joins the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame with a record that few can match.

During his illustrious career, Sehwag scored 23 Test centuries, the fifth most by an Indian men’s player, with his highest score of 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 being the best of any Indian player ever.

But it wasn’t just against the red ball that Sehwag excelled; the dynamic right-hander was equally effective against the white ball.

Sehwag scored 8,273 runs for India in 50-over cricket, and his 219 against the West Indies in Indore in 2011 remains the third-highest ODI score by any man.

Sehwag was also instrumental in India winning their second ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup title in 2011, with his 380 runs for the tournament ranking seventh among all players.

The Indian great was overjoyed to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

“I would like to thank the ICC and the jury for inducting me with this honour,” Sehwag said in a statement.

“I am extremely grateful to have spent a significant portion 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.”

Diana Edulji played 20 Tests, scoring 404 runs and taking 63 wickets at an average of 25.77.
34 One-Day Internationals – 211 runs, 46 wickets at an average of 16.84

Edulji had an equal impact on the field as captain of India as she did as an administrator after her career and is a welcome addition to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Edulji played 54 matches for India over three decades, earning a reputation as a slow left-arm orthodox spinner who took more than 100 wickets for her country.

But it is possible that Edulji has had an even greater impact off the field, having served as a trailblazer for India’s women’s cricketers for many decades.

Edulji worked hard as a Western Railways administrator to increase employment opportunities for talented female cricketers in India, and she helped shape Western and Indian Railways’ sports policies.

Edulji described becoming the first female Indian cricketer inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame as a huge honor.

“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,” he said.

“It is an honor to be the first Indian female cricketer inducted and to join a galaxy of male and female cricketers from around the world.”

“I am honored to be nominated for this award.” It is not the case.

De Silva, Aravinda
93 Tests – 6,361 runs at 42.97 average, 29 wickets
308 One-Day Internationals – 9,284 runs at an average of 34.90, 106 wickets

De Silva, who won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup with Sri Lanka in 1996 and was a classy batter who valued his own wicket, will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2023.

During his 18-year international career, the consistent right-hander scored 20 Test centuries, the third most by any Sri Lanka men’s player, and was equally adept against the white ball, with another 11 centuries coming in 50-over cricket.

The most significant of these was in the 1996 World Cup final, when de Silva almost single-handedly willed his team to victory over Australia with an unbeaten 107* in what was an unforgettable run chase.

De Silva, a clever batter who always respected the situation of the game, was well known for his ability to adapt his style of play depending on the circumstances and was an integral part of Sri Lanka’s resurgence at the end of the last century.

De Silva emphasized the importance of his family in guiding his successful cricket career.

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I accept the enormous honor of being inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.” “This accomplishment is a testament to the hard work, sacrifice, and love that have shaped my cricketing journey,” de Silva said.

“My family, my parents, my sister, my wife, and my children are my rock, and they deserve my heartfelt gratitude for their unwavering support and sacrifice, which has propelled me to success.” My friends, who have stood by me through the highs and lows, have been my rock.

“To my coaches, teachers, fans, and supporters, your unwavering faith in me has fueled my determination to succeed.” On this incredible journey, my mentors and captains have guided and inspired me, and my teammates have been my extended family. Thank you to everyone I’ve played against for helping to improve my game.

“My heartfelt gratitude goes to the ICC and the Hall of Fame voting committee for this extraordinary honor.” This honor belongs to everyone who has supported and shaped me.

“Thank you for being part of this remarkable journey.”

 

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