Waugh, Akram among new ICC Hall of Fame inductees

Updated: 30 September 2009 15:10 IST

Wasim Akram and former Australian skipper Steve Waugh were on Wednesday inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with three others.

Waugh, Akram among new ICC Hall of Fame inductees

Dubai:

Legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram and former Australian skipper Steve Waugh were on Wednesday inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with three others.

Herbert Sutcliffe, Clarrie Grimmett and Victor Trumper, are the other three cricketers who were added, bringing the total number of players in that club to 60. The trio is no more.

"It is a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and to see my name feature alongside such greats of the game including the likes of Don Bradman," Steve Waugh said.

Akram said the induction is an acknowledgment of "decent" career.

"This honour is the perfect icing on the cake of a decent career. It is a great feeling to know your contribution and achievements in this fascinating sport are being acknowledged in such a way," he said.

Looking back, Akram said he would always cherish the matches played against India.

"Matches against India have always been the most memorable ones for me, especially our victory at Chennai in 1999 where more than 40,000 spectators gave us a standing ovation," he said.

Victor Trumper was the first Australian to score a triple century in England with 300 not out against Sussex at Hove.

In 1902, he became the first of only four players to score a century on the first morning of a Test match, making 103 not out before lunch against England at Old Trafford Englishman Herbert Sutcliffe has the fourth highest Test batting average of all time (of those players with 2,000 runs or more) with 60.73 in 54 Tests. The three players above him (Don Bradman, Graeme Pollock and George Headley) are already in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Australian Clarrie Grimmett averaged 5.83 wickets per Test ? 216 wickets from 37 matches. He is the only bowler in the history of the game to have taken more than 200 Test wickets in fewer than 40 Tests played. Grimmett reached 200 Test wickets in his 36th match.



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