The run machine Zaheer Abbas, Jacques Kallis and Australian women cricketer Lisa Sthalekar were inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on Sunday.
The legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas is the sixth from Pakistan, South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is the fourth player from his country and Lisa Sthalekar is 27th from Australia to be a part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame.
Zaheer Abbas aka Asian Bradman inducted to ICC Hall of Fame
Zaheer Abbas the Pakistan run machine also known as the “Asian Bradman” due to his high scoring innings in the 1970’s and 80’s.
Zaheer Abbas is the only player from Asia to score at least 100 centuries in first-class cricket.
“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,” said Abbas of becoming one of 93 players to join the Hall of Fame.
Zaheer Abbas was also a former ICC president. After the resignation of Mustafa Kamal in 2015, Zaheer Abbas was appointed ICC president.
Kallis along with Zaheer Abbass also entered ICC Hall of Fame. The South African legend Kallis is the only player to take 250 wickets or more and scored at least 10,000 runs in both ODI cricket and Test format.
With a stellar career, Kallis is the South African leading run-scorer and third-highest from any nation, meanwhile, he also took 577 wickets for cricket SA in all formats of the game.
“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,” said Kallis.
“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.”
Australian player Sthalekar was part of the team that won the Women’s World cup in 2005 and in 2013 along with Women’s T20 World Cup in 2010 and 2012.
With an extraordinary career, Sthalekar was the first woman to score 1,000 runs and also to take 100 ODI 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.” Sthalekar said.