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Vinoo Mankad among 10 special inductees into 'ICC Hall of Fame' ahead of WTC final (Check out)

The cricket world would witness the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand from June 18. Ahead of the historic match, the International Cricket Council announced ten notable inductees into the Hall of Fame.

Vinoo Mankad among 10 special inductees into 'ICC Hall of Fame' ahead of WTC final (Check out)-ayh
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published Jun 14, 2021, 2:23 PM IST
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The entire cricket world is abuzz ahead of the all-important ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, set to be played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton from June 18. It would be the maiden final of the distinguished Test competition and the winner would be crowned the king of Test cricket.

Ahead of this monumental event, the International Cricket Council decided to hold a special occasion of the Hall of Fame induction. It had announced that ten cricketers, a couple each from five different cricketing eras, would be inducted. Meanwhile, on Sunday, the ICC announced the ten inductees.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From the early cricket era (before 1918), South Africa’s Aubrey Faulkner and Australia’s Monty Noble were the ones to be inducted. As for the inter-war era (1918-45), Windies’s Sir Learie Constantine and Australia’s Stan McCabe featured in the same, while the post-war era (1946-70) saw England’s Ted Dexter and India’s Vinoo Mankad being inducted.

Moving to the One-Day International era (1971-95), Windies’s Desmond Haynes and England’s Bob Willis featured in the list. Lastly, for the modern cricket era (1996-2015), Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara received the honour.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Some other former legends were also a part of the induction ceremony. Speaking on Mankad’s induction, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar said, “Vinoo Mankad’s legacy has been to tell the aspiring Indian cricketer to believe in oneself. He was a great proponent of self-belief. He was the one who kept saying to me that you need to keep scoring runs and keep at it. When you get a 100, let that be the knock on the selector’s door. If it is unheard, then score that double hundred and let that knock be even louder. You can have the best technique, but if you do not have the temperament to support it, you will not succeed. You have to keep hanging in there and have that self-belief. That was the greatest lesson I learnt from him.”

“I have played cricket with some of the greats of the game from the West Indies who are also inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame. That team from 1978 till about the 1990s was a fantastic team. As a young boy growing up in Barbados, I never dreamt that I would be one day inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame. I have really come a long way and I am very happy for this honour. The journey was not smooth; I started playing cricket in a little area of St. James in Barbados, where I was loved by everyone in the community, who also helped me stay out of trouble. This is also for my grandmother, my mum and my wife, all of whom supported me in my journey,” Haynes on his induction.

“There are many moments in my life in cricket of which I am very proud; as a player, an administrator and in establishing what is today’s rankings system. I also take great pride in having simplified the means of producing on-screen captions and scorecards when I was working as a television commentator, something which you take for granted when watching cricket today. My work in cricket is all very gratifying and I am really proud of everything I have achieved. Being recognized by the ICC for what I have achieved is very satisfying and knowing that I’ve been chosen by my peers and so many great names makes me blush, and I’m thrilled along with my family by this honour,” noted Dexter on his honour.

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