Sri Lanka’s living spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan has been awarded the honor of being in the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame on Thursday. He is the first Sri Lankan and 83rd in the overall list to be inducted in the ICC’s Hall of Fame.
The Sri Lankan great has been awarded during the innings break of the match between India and Sri Lanka at the Oval. He was awarded along with Arthur Morris, George Lohmann and Karen Rolton. ICC CEO Dave Richardson has presented Muralitharan a commemorative framed cap.
Pleased Muttiah Muralitharan later said, “It is a moment of great pride and honor 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 the moment I will cherish throughout the life” – Muralitharan said.
ICC CEO Dave 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 helped raise the profile of Sri Lankan cricket but was a player came out to watch the world over” – Richardson added.