Kallis, Sthalekar and Zaheer inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

South Africa legend Jacques Kallis, former Australia women’s cricketer Lisa Sthalekar and former Pakistan cricketer Zaheer Abbas have become the latest inductees into the ICC Hall of fame, the International Cricket Council announced in a ceremony held on Sunday (August 23).

The show, hosted by commentator Alan Wilkins, included greats Sunil Gavaskar, Melanie Jones and Shaun Pollock as the main guests and had Wasim Akram, Graeme Smith and Alyssa Healy participate to compliment and value the 2020 inductees.

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Kallis is the fourth South African player inducted and Zaheer the sixth from Pakistan. Lisa is the 27th from Australia and the ninth woman player in the list, which includes five from Australia.

Kallis is one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket. He has 10,000 runs and 200 wickets in both Tests and ODIs. He has a record of 23 Player of the Match awards in Tests. He’s also South Africa’s highest run-getter 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,’

Kallis said.

“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.”

Lisa Sthalekar is an Australian cricket commentator and former cricketer and captain of Australia’s international women’s cricket team. She’s the ODI World Cup winner in 2005 & 2013 and T20 World Cup winner in 2010 & 2012. She’s 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,” said Sthalekar on her induction into the Hall of Fame.

“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.”

Former Pakistan great Zaheer Abbas is nicknamed ‘Run Machine’ for his big scores. He’s the first batsman to score 5 centuries in successive internationals. He’s the only Asian batsman 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,” Abbas commented on his induction.

“This great game has made me the person I am. Thank you cricket.”

The ICC Hall of fame was first introduced in the year 2009. Last year, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, former South African speedster Allan Donald and Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick was inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame.

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