The Apex Cricket Body has announced the latest entrants into its Hall of Fame. Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag will be taking his deserved place as one of the bonafide legends of the game.
Joining the former Indian opener will be former Women’s skipper Diana Edulji. The 67-year-old was one of the most well-known Women cricketers from India. The former left-arm spinner took 63 test wickets and 46 ODI wickets in a career spanning over two decades.
The third name on the list is none other than former Sri Lankan legendary batter Aravinda De Silva. Once known to be one of the most dangerous batters, De Silva played a key role in Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup triumph.
Apex Cricket Board honors three huge names
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag is set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Apex Cricket Body. The 45-year-old while speaking to the official website of the Apex Council said “I would like to thank the jury for inducting me with this honor”
The former Indian player also said “I feel extremely grateful for having spent a great part of my life doing what I loved most, 'hitting the cricket ball’. I would also like to thank my family, friends, people I played with, and countless people who prayed for me selflessly."
Virender Sehwag played 104 test matches for India scoring 8586 runs with a best of 319. The right-handed batter had an average of 49 with 23 centuries and 32 half-centuries. The man from New Delhi was the first Indian to score a triple-ton in test cricket. In the ODI format, Virender Sehwag played 251 matches scoring 8273 runs with a best of 219 with 15 centuries and 38 half-centuries. The former Indian opener played a huge part in India winning the 2011 ODI World Cup.
Viru as he was fondly called was also part of the 2007 T20 World Cup team and played 19 games for India scoring 368 runs with just 2 half-centuries. Another Indian to make the list is Diana Edulji who is a huge name in Women’s cricket.
The 67-year-old said “At the outset, I would like to thank the jury for having me selected to the Hall of Fame 2023. It is indeed a great honor to be the first Indian Women’s Cricketer to be inducted and join a galaxy of cricketers, both male and female across the world”