DUBAI- Former captain Diana Edulji on Monday became the first Indian woman cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
Legendary India opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lankan World Cup winner Aravinda de Silva were also made members of ICC Hall of Fame for their stellar achievements during their playing career.
A trailblazer in women’s cricket, Edulji made just as big an impact on the field during her playing days when captain of India as she did as an administrator after her playing career.
She played 54 matches for India across three decades (between 1976 and 1993) and made her mark as a slow left-arm orthodox spinner taking more than 100 wickets.
Edulji played 20 Tests, scoring 404 runs, and taking 63 wickets at an average of 25.77.
From 34 ODIs, she scored 211 runs, and bagged 46 wickets at an average of 16.84.
One of the most destructive batters of the modern era, Sehwag donned India colours between 1999 and 2013. Sehwag scored a total of 23 Test centuries during his illustrious career — the fifth most by an India men’s player.
His highest score of 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 the best of any Indian player ever.
He accumulated 8,586 runs from 104 Tests at an average of 49.34. He also took 40 wickets during his Test career which spanned from 2001-2013.
The batter from Delhi, now 45, totalled 8,273 runs for India in 50-over cricket at an average of 35.05 and his 219 against the West Indies in Indore in 2011 remains the third-highest score achieved by a male cricketer in ODI.
He also has 96 wickets in his kitty from the 251 ODIs he played between 1999 and 2013.
In the 19 T20 Internationals he played, Sehwag scored 394 runs at an average of 21.88.
A key member of Sri Lanka’ 1996 World Cup-winning side, De Silva is an icon in the island country.
The consistent right-hander scored 20 Test centuries during a 19-year international career (1984 to 2003) — the third most hundreds by any Sri Lanka men’s player — and was just as adept against the white-ball with another 11 centuries coming in 50-over cricket.
He accumulated 6,361 runs from 93 Tests at an average of 42.97. From 308 ODIs, he scored 9,284 runs at an average of 34.90 and took 106 wickets.
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