Muralidaran to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
The International Cricket Council today announced that Muttiah Muralidaran, Karen Rolton, Arthur Morris and George Lohmann will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame later this year.
Record-breaking off-spinner Muralidaran becomes the first Sri Lankan player to be inductedalong with twice ICC Women’s World Cup winner and former Australia women’s captain Karen Rolton, her compatriot Arthur Morris, a member of Don Bradman’s ‘invincibles’ andEngland’s George Lohmann, the 19th century fast bowler who took 100 wickets in just 16 Tests.
The four iconic cricketers were voted by the ICC Cricket Hall of Famers as well as members of the media. They will be presented with commemorative caps honouring their contribution to the game to mark their induction. Family members will represent Lohmann and Morris at the presentations.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated the four, saying: “The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognises some of the truly great players from cricket’s long and illustrious history, and this year’s inductees thoroughly deserve to be in this highly prestigious group.
“Muralidaran has been one of the greats of the modern era. His guile and consistency over the years helped Sri Lanka develop as a very competitive side in both Tests and ODI cricket.
“We have in the list some very famous names of different eras. Lohmann and Morris were outstanding performers during their times and are part of cricket folk-lore, while Rolton’s performances have been recent and came during an era when women’s cricket became very competitive.”
Muralidaran, whose last international fixture was the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Mumbai finished his career with 800 wickets in Tests, 534 wicket in One-Day Internationals and 13 wickets in 12 T20Is. He grabbed 10 wickets in a match 22 times and five wickets in an innings 67 times to make Sri Lanka a force to reckon with in Test cricket.
Known to spin the ball prodigiously, 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.
Heartfelt Congratulations , Dear Murali. our great Cricketer of our Era! Your ascendancy to such heights at International podium in recognition of your contribution to the game of Cricket is a great Honour to our country Sri Lanka . We Salute you !
This is a apt reply to CBSL President Sumathipalas’ criticism of you for coaching the Aussies .However Mr Sumatipala does not realize that we our country has come down in grading in all formats of the game because of the curse of dropping Ajantha Mendis who was bowling along side Murali in test and taking plenty of wickets. The very next day the ICC elite panel named him the best ODI bowler for the year 2014 and only Sri Lankan Cricketer to be in the 2014 ODI eleven, no Sanga no Mahela no Herath, no Lasith Mahalinga, no Mathews . These are from Cric info the credible evidence which can be confirmed from Cric info
Ajanta Mendis: Even as the Sri Lankan mystery spinner found himself out of favour many a times through the year, he ended up as the leading wicket taker of 2014 in ODIs. In 17 matches, he took 38 wickets at an average of 21.63, with a wicket every 22.5 balls. Apart from some steller batting performances, Ajantha Mendis’ fin form with the ball in 2014 played a key role in Sri Lanka’s success in 2014, the 5-0 thrashing against India notwithstanding
Only Sri Lankan Cricketer to be
Ajantha Mendis is the only Sri Lankan cricketer to be in ICC ODI Team of the Year 2014 (in batting order):
Mohammad Hafeez (Pak) Quinton de Kock (SA)
Virat Kohli (Ind)
George Bailey (Aus)
AB de Villiers (SA)
MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper) (captain)
Dwayne Bravo (WI)
James Faulkner (Aus)
Dale Steyn (SA)
Mohammad Shami (Ind)
Ajantha Mendis (SL)
Rohit Sharma (Ind) (12th man)
It s so nice to learn that the ICC has not forgotten this player MR.Murali of this beautiful country.
It is a great news for cricket lovers of the world
Had Murali refrained from coaching the Aussies (World Champion in on-the-field sledging), Sri Lanka’s winning margin in the 1st test would have exceeded 300 runs.