The legendary spin bowler who is arguably one of the greatest bowlers of all time has finally been given a befitting recognition.
By SportBrief Reporter
Muttiah Muralitharan, the man, the legend, the most successful bowler in Tests and One Day Internationals (ODI), was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the innings break of the India versus Sri Lanka ICC Champions Trophy match at The Oval on Thursday.
The induction had been a long time coming for the retired Sri Lanka spin legend, such has his influence been in the modern game of cricket and no place else was the presentation of the honour more befitting that at the ICC Champions tournament.
Mularitharan was awarded the gong along with Arthur Morris, George Lohmann and Karen Rolton by fellow ICC Cricket Hall of Famers and members of the media, according to a statement from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
He became the first player from Sri Lanka and the 83rd overall to be formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame when ICC Chief Executive David Richardson presented him with a commemorative framed cap.
And the Sri-Lankan icon spoke of how he was grateful to have received such an award.
“It is a moment of great pride and honour 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,” Muralitharan said.
“I thank the ICC for making this possible because this is a moment I will cherish throughout life.”