Written by Tharushan Fernando
27 Jul, 2016 | 1:36 pm
The International Cricket Council has announced that Muttiah Muralitharan, will be inducted in to the the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame later this year.Muralitharan will be the first Sri Lankan player to be inducted
He will be taking the title alongside,Karen Rolton(twice ICC Women’s World Cup winner and former Australia women’s captain ), Arthur Morris (a member of Don Bradman’s ‘invincibles’) and George Lohmann (England’s 19th century fast bowler who took 100 wickets in just 16 Tests)
The record-breaking, ball turning,wicket-taker with a smile has finished his career with 800 wickets in Tests, 534 wicket in One-Day Internationals and 13 wickets in 12 T20Is. He grabbed ten wickets in a match 22 times and five wickets in an innings 67 times. Muralidaran also played a big part in Sri Lanka’s ODI successes from 1993 to 2011 and was a member of the squads that won the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 and shared the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 with India.
Rated by his contemporaries as the one of most difficult opponent, Lohmann will be the 27th Englishman in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame list. He raced to 100 Test wickets in 16 matches but tuberculosis shortened his career and he died at the age of 36 in 1901.In an 18-Test career from 1886 to 1896, Lohmann took 112 wickets, including nine for 28 against South Africa at the Old Wanderers, and also scored 213 runs
Arthur Morris was a stylish left-hander of the 1940s and 50s who scored 12 centuries and 12 fifties in 46 Tests between 1946 and 1955.He will be the 22nd Australia cricketer in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.The Australian has scored a total of 12,614 runs in 162 first-class matches, including 3,533 runs in Tests.
An all-rounder in both Tests and ODIs Karen Rolton most memorable moment would be her match-winning century in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2005 final. The former Aussie skipper will be only the sixth woman and the third Australian to get onto the coveted list.In a 14-year international stint from 1997 to 2009, Rolton played 14 Tests and 141 One-Day Internationals, scoring 1,002 and 4,814 runs respectively which include two Test and eight ODI centuries. Rolton also featured in 15 T20Is, scoring 405 runs at an average of just under 51.
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