Jayawardena, Pollock, Brittin inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

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Janette Brittin, Mahela Jayawardena, and Shaun Pollock have been inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Cricket Hall of Fame.

The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame honours the accomplishments of the game’s legends throughout its long and distinguished history. Since its inception in 2009, 106 players have been honoured, with Brittin, Jayawardena, and Pollock being the most recent inductees.

Between them, the entrants have played in 284 Tests, 814 ODIs, and 67 T20 Internationals. Between 1979 and 1998, Janet Brittin was a staple of the England Test team, helping to pave the path for women’s cricket.

Jayawardena appeared in 652 international matches, including 149 Tests, 448 One-Day Internationals, and 55 Twenty-20 Internationals. Only Sachin Tendulkar has played in more international matches than the Sri Lankan, with a difference of 12 games.

Shaun Pollock was an all-rounder in the strictest meaning of the term, scoring 7386 runs and taking 829 wickets in international cricket.

Shaun Pollock, the son of former South African cricketer Peter Pollock and nephew of ICC Hall of Famer Graeme Pollock, made his Test debut against England in 1995 and went on to play 108 Tests, 303 ODIs, and 12 T20Is over the next 13 years.

Janette Brittin, who represented England in 27 Tests and 63 One-Day Internationals between 1979 and 1998, is one of the best batters in women’s cricket history. In women’s Test history, she is the biggest run scorer (1935, 49.61), century maker (five), and appearance maker (27).

Brittin died in 2017 at the age of 58 from cancer. She is the 31st player from England to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Mahela Jayawardena

  • In 1997, he made his Sri Lankan Test debut.
  • In Sri Lanka’s record total of 952-6 against India, he scored 66 Test debut runs.
  • At an average of 50.05, he scored 11,814 Test runs.
  • He scored 12,650 runs at 33.37 in 448 ODIs.
  • In 55 T20Is, he scored 1493 runs.
  • In 2006, he set a world record partnership of 624 with Kumar Sangakkara against South Africa.
  • He was a major member of the 2014 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup winning team.
  • Sri Lanka reached four further major ICC finals as a result of his efforts.
  • He became the first Sri Lankan to reach the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket.
  • In 2006, he set a Sri Lankan record with 374 against South Africa in Colombo.
  • He has coached the Mumbai Indians to three IPL championships.

Shaun Pollock

  • In both Test and ODI cricket, he was the first player to score 3,000 runs and take 300 wickets.
  • In all international cricket, he is still South Africa’s highest wicket-taker.
  • In his maiden Test series, he took 5-32 against England in Cape Town, and then went on to score 66 not out and 4-34 in his first ODI.
  • In 108 Tests, he scored 3,781 runs at an average of 32.31 and claimed 421 wickets at an average of 32.31.
  • In 303 One-Day Internationals, he scored 3,519 runs at 26.45 and claimed 393 wickets.
  • In 12 T20Is, he scored 86 runs while capturing 15 wickets.
  • For more than five years, he was the best ODI bowler in the world, according to the ICC rankings.
  • As captain, he guided South Africa to victory in their first Test series in the Caribbean.

Janette Brittin

  • With a 19-year Test career, one of England’s most successful batters.
  • At the age of 19, she made her Test debut against the West Indies in 1979.
  • In 1982, she scored her first ODI century against an International XI in New Zealand.
  • In the 1988 World Cup final, a loss to Australia at the MCG, she top-scored with 46 not out.
  • In 1992, she won the World Cup by scoring the most goals and catching the winning catch.
  • She averaged 49.61 in 27 Test matches, scoring five hundreds and setting a new record of 1935 runs.
  • In 63 One-Day Internationals, she scored 2121 runs at an average of 42.42, with five centuries and a top score of 138 not out in 1982.
  • Brittin went on to teach at Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey, once her playing days were over.
  • She maintained her cricket connections, particularly with Surrey, where she mentored younger players.
  • In 1999, she received an MBE, but she died in 2017.

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