The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently announced the induction of three cricketing maestros into the coveted ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. The latest additions to this prestigious list include the explosive opener Virender Sehwag, Indian trailblazer Diana Edulji, and Sri Lankan superstar Aravinda de Silva. Each of these cricketing icons has left an indelible mark on the game, making them worthy recipients of this esteemed honor.
Virender Sehwag: The Destructive Dynamo
- Virender Sehwag, renowned as one of the most destructive batters of the modern era, has rightfully earned his place in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. His staggering records across formats showcase his unparalleled prowess with the bat:
Format Matches Runs Average Wickets Tests 104 8,586 49.34 40 ODIs 251 8,273 35.05 96 T20Is 19 394 21.88 –
- He notched up 23 Test centuries, including a monumental 319 against South Africa in 2008. His ODI contributions, highlighted by a memorable 219 against the West Indies in 2011, played a pivotal role in India’s World Cup triumph in 2011.
Diana Edulji: Spinner Extraordinaire and Trailblazer
- Diana Edulji, a trailblazer for Indian women’s cricket, has made an immense impact both on and off the field. Her playing career statistics are noteworthy:
Format Matches Runs Average Wickets Tests 20 404 25.77 63 ODIs 34 211 16.84 46
- Edulji’s significance extends beyond her playing days. As an administrator, she championed the cause of women’s cricket in India, working towards increased employment opportunities for talented female cricketers.
Aravinda de Silva: World Cup Winner and Elegant Batsman
- Aravinda de Silva, a key figure in Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup triumph, has rightfully earned his place in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. His distinguished career includes:
Format Matches Runs Average Wickets Tests 93 6,361 42.97 29 ODIs 308 9,284 34.90 106
- De Silva’s ability to adapt his game according to the situation made him a crucial player for Sri Lanka. His unforgettable unbeaten 107* in the 1996 World Cup final against Australia remains etched in cricketing history.