Former Sri Lankan spin wizard, Muttiah Muralitharan, was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on Thursday. He was formally inducted into the Hall of Fame by David Richardson, who is the ICC Chief Executive. The special occasion took place during the innings break of the India versus Sri Lanka match.
Speaking on the occasion, Muralitharan said, It is a moment of great pride and honour to be receiving this award, especially from the ICC which is the ultimate any cricketer can aspire to achieve. The induction during this prestigious ICC Champions Trophy makes it even more remarkable.
“I thank the ICC for making this possible because this is a moment I will cherish throughout life.”
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, said, “Murali’s record speaks for itself. His control of line, pace and length coupled with his ability to spin the ball prodigiously are legendary. Once he developed the “doosra” he became almost unplayable.
“A character popular with fellow players and fans alike, he not only helped raise the profile of Sri Lankan cricket but was a player people came out to watch the world over. I congratulate him on behalf of the ICC on being inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.”
It may be recalled here that Muralitharan is the most successful Test bowler with 800 wickets in 133 matches. He has taken 67 five-wicket innings hauls and 22 10-wicket match hauls in Tests. He is also the most successful in ODI cricket with 534 wickets in 350 matches.
Thamilan from Down nder Friday, 09 June 2017 12:35 AM
Cheers Murali, you made Sri Lanka and the Tamils proud.
Dorothy Van Arkadie Friday, 09 June 2017 02:51 AM
Good on ya Champ! ..you and the team that supported you all the way deserve this accolade and we the fans applaud you , you never let us down ..even if the ball did not get that desired wicket your sportsman like qualities was so pleasing to watch ..I wish my Husband who introduced me to this game was who watched your game come what may..
S.H.Moulana Friday, 09 June 2017 03:58 AM
Thank you dear Murali for the fame and credit you brought to our motherland. Help to produce a young spinner like you for our team.
Kadiya Friday, 09 June 2017 06:53 AM
He had to be-congrats Murali for bringing fame to our country!
Ajja Friday, 09 June 2017 08:57 AM
Congratulations Murali...Yea Captain cool Arjuna was his savior when he was treated like dirt by the people of Down under.Our ears still echo that boo sound "No Ball"and those Vampires"who officiate in the Middle at that time.
Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 09 June 2017 09:46 AM
True hero during playing days no doubt but didn't he spoil his popularity a bit by ...you know what.
Niz Friday, 09 June 2017 10:35 AM
A special tribute to Murali from Angelo and his teams magnificent win.
Nimal Friday, 09 June 2017 11:13 AM
He already got many awards and many records......still not done yet....What a man !!!
kumat Friday, 09 June 2017 02:37 PM
Congratulations you made proud of srilanka ..i don't think anyone can break your records
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