Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s renowned batsman, and wicket-keeper, was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame today, along with nine others.
To commemorate the historic heritage of Test cricket and to coincide with the first-ever ICC World Test Championship Final, the ICC announced a special edition entry of ten cricket icons into the ICC Hall of Fame.
The 10 legends of the game to be inducted have all made a significant contribution to the history of Test cricket, and join an illustrious list of ICC Hall of Famers, the ICC said.
With today’s intake of ten cricketers, 103 legends have been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. The special inductions of the ICC Hall of Fame from the following five eras join the ranks of the world’s greatest players.
Sangakkara was included among the Modern Cricket Era – Players whose greatest contributions to the game were between 1996 and 2015.
“Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka played 134 Tests, scored 12,400 runs at 57.40, took 182 catches and 20 stumpings, and was grace personified at the crease. Sangakkara ended his career as the most prolific run-scorer his country had ever known, with double-hundreds flowing from his bat with consummate ease. In 2014 he struck 319 and 105 in the same Test match against Bangladesh and 2017 fell just 16 runs short of striking six successive centuries in first-class cricket,” the ICC described Sangakkara.
The 10 icons inducted as part of this special edition were voted for by the ICC Hall of Fame Voting Academy, comprising living Hall of Fame members, a FICA representative, prominent cricket journalists, and senior ICC figures.