South African veteran all-rounder Jaques Kallis, Pakistan’s legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas and former Pune-born Australian women’s captain Lisa Sthalekar were inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Kallis, one of the finest all-rounders in cricket, played 166 Tests, 328 ODIs and 25 T20 Internationals for South Africa from 1995 to 2014. The 44-year-old player is the highest run-scorer for South Africa in Tests (13,289 runs) and One Day (11,579 runs). He also took 292 wickets in Tests and 273 in ODIs as a fast bowler.
The ICC organized a virtual event due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Apart from Kallis, his long-time partner Sean Pollack and Indian veteran Sunil Gavaskar also participated in it.
Gavaskar, who was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009, said, “She is a huge personality. This word suits them well. He was truly entitled to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
Gavaskar also praised female cricketer Sthalekar. He said, “It is good that another” tax “has joined the ICC Hall of Fame.
You are an inspiration not only in Australia but also in India. Sthalekar played eight Tests, 125 ODIs and 54 T20 Internationals for Australia. The third cricketer who was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the ceremony was Zaheer Abbas known as Asian Bradman.
Gavaskar said, “I am very happy. Nobody deserved it more than them. I don’t know why it took so long for him to get this honour. But better late than never. It was a lot of fun when you saw him batting, even if he was not playing against you. Zaheer Abbas scored 5062 runs in 78 Tests and 2572 runs in 62 ODIs for Pakistan. He is the only Asian batsman to score more than 100 centuries in first-class cricket.