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Waqar, Gilchrist make it to ICC Hall of Fame

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December 9, 2013

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Waqar Younis grimaces as Pakistan collapse, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, January 22, 2011
Waqar Younis will become the fourth male Pakistan cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame © AFP
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Adam Gilchrist and Waqar Younis have been announced as the two inductees into the ICC Hall of Fame for the year 2013-14 with two more to be named at the end of the month.

Waqar, who captained Pakistan in 17 Tests and 62 ODIs, will be inducted during the first Twenty20 international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai on December 11, to become the fifth male Pakistan player to make the list after Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Hanif Mohammad and Wasim Akram.

"As I look forward to the day, I'm truly grateful to the people who've considered me worthy of such an honour," Waqar said.

Waqar picked up 956 first-class wickets from 228 matches in a career spanning 15 years. With 789 wickets, he is also Pakistan's second-highest wicket-taker in all formats behind Akram. Waqar is also the only bowler till date to collect five-wicket hauls in three consecutive ODIs, and is the fastest to 400 ODI wickets.

Gilchrist, one of Australia's most prolific wicketkeeper-batsmen, was an integral part of the team that lifted three consecutive World Cups from 1999, as well as the Champions Trophy in 2006. The 19th male Australian to join the Hall of Fame, Gilchrist will be honoured during the third Ashes Test at the WACA. He has aggregated 5570 runs in Tests, and 9619 in ODIs.

"To be doing it in front of my home crowd on the first day of the third Test will be a very special occasion for me and my family," Gilchrist said.

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Posted by warnerbasher on (December 13, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

I think the players need to be retired for a period before they can be inducted. Zaheer was a fine bat on flat wickets but on pitches where balls bounced above his knees he wasn't up to it. Agree about Sangakara though. He's a terrific player and in my view the best all pitch batsman in the world. Well done Gilly 'THE MOST EXHILARATING CRICKETER OF THE MODERN AGE"

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (December 12, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Why not Chaminda Vaas? He has crossed 400 wickets mark in ODIs , and 355 in Tests. Has the best ODI figures..8/19.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Its not only an honour for Waqar but an honor for ICC hall of fame to have inductee like him. Unfortunately the most underrated bowler who's contribution to cricket is in itself a trend setting. Be it changing the West indian trend of pitching short or be it gifting the cricket world with the revere swinging yorker, Waqar deserved a lot more. Seeing greats like Botham, Taylor, looking helpless against his yorkers or watching great lara on his feet against his Yorker or Sachin's uprooted stumps on occasions, Waqar was all over it. The bowler with the best strike rates on his times and with most percentage of bowlds surely deserve a place in all time world 11 along with great Marshall. Yes, a little high economy rate but then it settles with his avg, strike rates and his aggressive fast bowling. A handsome run up which inspired a generation to follow (Darren Gough, Shoaib akhtar, Lasith Malinga). Waqar is in the same space of accurate striking ability as brazilian ronlado in football.

Posted by dms1972 on (December 12, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

@Rajiv Radhakrishnan, you fear a backlash because you know your argument is pathetic. As David Hawkins said, take a look at Gilchrist's second Test match and re-evaluate your argument.

Posted by dms1972 on (December 12, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

@SomanPatil and others. I believe players have to be retired for at least 5 years before they can be inducted, so it will be at least 5 years before Tendulkar is inducted, 4 years for Ponting, and Sangakkara is still playing, so will have to wait quite awhile yet.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (December 10, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

My all time favorite when he run feel like ..bullet train is running ...always been a amazing to see his Yorker and speed.we love u waqar.

Posted by SomanPatil on (December 10, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

I was referring to the complete list and not for this year.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

i think sangakkara is a far better performer than gilchrist

Posted by SomanPatil on (December 10, 2013, 2:57 GMT)

No Dravid and Sachin in hall of fame. What is the selection criteria?

Posted by Shantul on (December 10, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

Is there certain criteria that ICC is following regarding hall of fame inductees?? Because Zaheer Abbas is one the Best batsman that Pakistan has ever produced and he has not been selected in Hall Of Fame?? curious!!!!!

Posted by JohnSnider on (December 10, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

As I was out Pakistan I did not follow cricket but all over the world heard two W's of Pakistan devastating bowlers. Then Ussain Bolt the fasted runner was asked who is his mentor. He said Waqar Yunis. I was so shocked that I must have missed Waqar bowling.

Adam Gilchrist 149, I think I remember that and it was something to remember for life so I became his fan but soon he quit Australia and started playing for IPL. I still missed him alot and wanted him to entertain with his prolific impressive shots. To me he was the greatest. And I am from Pakistan. Cricket is a game and no matter which country produce a star that is something to watch

Now I am becoming a fan of Quinten de Kok of SA . I used to admire Sdhvag of India but not sure what happened to his batting. I know he scored a triple against Pakistan. I remember Inzi comments also when he did that.

Posted by Beertjie on (December 10, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

It was a privilege to have seen them play. Two of my favourite cricketers for their superb talents. Gilly's double century at Wanderers was so memorable.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

this is amazing induction. both waqar and ghilcrist are all time great players and deserve to be inducted in hall of fame. great honor for Pakistan once again. Thanks ICC.

Posted by DarthKetan on (December 9, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

I don't know who the other 2 inductees are, but Allan Donald for sure, and then Shaun Pollock & Anil Kumble too have got to be in it. And then there are many from yesteryears you'd expect to see......Zaheer Abbas, Vishwanath, Langer, Taylor, DeSilva, Mankad, Willis, M Waugh, Jayasuriya, Vengsarkar, Ganguly, Haynes, etc....

Posted by kbilgrami on (December 9, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

I remember Waqar's best performance as his lethal bowling in 1993 Total One-Day Series against South Africa in South Africa. South Africa needed some 40 odd runs with 7 wickets in hand on couple of occasions and Waqar destroyed them in both matches. His best test performance that I recall was perhaps in 1991-92 Test Series in England where he joined Wasim and hunted English batsmen in pair and claimed 40 plus wickets together. A very well deserved recognition for Waqar !

Posted by android_user on (December 9, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

both deserved it. waqar was a great bolwer. i would say more better than wasim but wasim was master of swing. adam is best wicket keeper batsman of past era.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Gilchrist will be remembered as a great wicket keeper batsman, he was so committed and honest cricketer, would never wait for umpire if knew he was out. Waqar inspired many, i remember when waqar was at his peak alot of young boys in our school used to copy him. When i started watching the game, I was 10 years old and it was Wasim and Waqar who provided me the reason to watch long sessions of test matches, hoping that they would get the ball anytime and rattle the opposition. Waqar is truly one of the greatest fast bowlers in last 25 years.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Waqar Younis truly deserved that...he is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. Waqar's trademark was his ability to reverse swing and in-swinging yorkers at high speed. He has the best strike rate for any bowler with over 350 Test wickets

Thankyou ICC. We appreciate that decision

Posted by bigdhonifan on (December 9, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Waqar was the best fast bowler eve. That inswinging yorkers, what a sight it was when you see middle flies towards wicket keeper. r

Posted by riskier_lovely on (December 9, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

I appreciate the decision taken by ICC, inducting Waqar in to Hall of Fame. No doubt it was thrilling to watch him bowling. He had got unmatchable, pin point accurate in-swinging yorkers. It was pure cricketing skill at its peak. He was a nightmare of the batsmen. Slow & low dry pitches were his favorite hunting grounds, which some others described as grave yards of fast bowlers. He truly belongs to the category of legends.

Posted by t20cric on (December 9, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

These two are great cricketers and should have been in the hall of fame a long time a few years ago. I would say Waqar is even a better bowler then Wasim in some ways. Wasim played roughly 20 more tests then Waqar but took 40 more wickets. Also Waqar played roughly 14-15 years only and retired at the age of 31 which is when bowlers could have taken more wickets. I hope Waqar can return to being bowling coach in Pakistan to make the bowling even stronger.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

@Rajiv - when Langer and Gilchrist won Australia the Hobart Test in 1999 (making 6/369 after being 5/126). Gilchrist made 149no from 163 balls. The Pakistan bowling line up consisted of Waqar and Wasim, as well as Shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq and Azhar Mahmood. Mark Waugh made 5 & 0, and Ponting made a pair (b Wagar and lbw Wasim). I doubt it was easy, especially when he didn't have the full support of the crowds missing Healy.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

My first memory of Waqar was in 1996 WC, when i was only 7 years old; i am sure i heard the commentators saying that he was the fastest bowler in the world at that time. Waqar , in my opinion, was the most devastating death-overs bowler in ODI history; I have not forgotten his exploits in the test arena also. One of the first to take advantage of the older ball- thus producing reverse swing(making the ball talk to the batsmen, much to the delight of Moin and company in the slips and gully region). Adam Gilchrist, where to start with him...My first memory of him is him and Matthew Hayden's opening partnerships in ODIs. A pinch-hitter in every right... my best memory of him comes from the WC final 2007; that innings took the game away from Sri Lanka, flattening them. Two great cricketers heads into history; i salute both of them, thanks for the memories Waqar and Gilly.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Both of them truly deserving of that great honor, gave Cricket viewers some superb entertaining memories!

Posted by LeftBrain on (December 9, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

Very good induction, both are true legends, real ambassadors of cricket, played the game with utmost quality. Waqar is one of the very best fast bowlers of all time, and Gilchrist is one of the very best, if the THE best wicket keeper batsman of all time. Congrates to both the legends.

Posted by mrmonty on (December 9, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Take a bow, legends both.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Surprised to see the name of Fazal Mahmood missing. It was Hanif batting, Fazal bowling, and Kardar captaincy that got Pakistan the test status.

Posted by BellCurve on (December 9, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Cannot believe they included Gilchrist before Flower!!! Happy for Waqar though. Easily the best fast bowler of all time when he was at his peak.

Posted by CricketMaan on (December 9, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Waqar was an inspiration when i first picked red cherry and trained in nets. i used to copy that run up deligently and would get so tired after 1 spell. A champion. Its a shame that someone like Ishant Sharma never picked a thing while Waqar was the bowling coach at Sunrisers. Gilly may not be top class wkt.keeper but a true game changer and he certainly intimidated opositon when he entered the arena.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Both deserve it throughly. Cricketing world has many batsmen flourishing on batting tracks, bowlers doing well on bowling friendly wickets. Waqar was delight to watch even in sub-continent conditions. His wicket taking approach was always remarkable.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (December 9, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

they both truly deserved that !

Posted by CricketChat on (December 9, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Congrats to both deserving champions. I would like Zaheer Abbas from Pak to join the list soon. In my opinion, he was the fist big time batsman after Hanif carrying Pak batting in the mid 70s to early 80s.

Posted by Stark62 on (December 9, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Both of these guys were the best at what they did!!

Gilchrist is the best wicket keeper batsman of all time, whilst Waqar is the best reverse swing bower of all time.

I haven't seen anyone do what Waqar did with the old ball (incl. Wasim), whilst every nation is trying to replicate a Gilchrist who was superb behind the stumps and a fantastic batsman. Dhoni comes close to Gilchrist but he isn't as good with gloves and his overseas record isn't great either.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

@Rajiv: for your info, Gilchrist made ODI debut in 1996 and faced waqar, wasim,donald and other greats at their peak and did well. He made test debut in 1999 after performing well in ODIs for 3 years.

Posted by abidurrehman on (December 9, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Good additions by ICC tothe HALL OF FAME 2013. They deserved it. One is the world class fast bowler and second is my all time best wicketkeeper batsman. We appreciate the move of ICC. It wiil be better if they include Hanif Muhammad and Sachin Tendulkar in 2014 HoF.

Posted by Taha_Farrukh on (December 9, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

Really nice to hear all this....best wishes for world class hero's Waqiar & Gilli....God Bless them....

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

They fully deserve to be included in the Hall of Fame.

Waqar was an outstanding bowler who destroyed batsmen for over a decade. His yorkers were amazingly lethal. I also consider him to be the best exponent of reverse swing.

Gilly was an excellent batsman and his explosive batting lower down the order was very important for his team. He averaged 47 with the bat, batting at no.7, and considering the fact that his SR is above 80, it is a remarkable achievement.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Waqar was a awesome bowler and a true wicket taker but Gilchrist changed the concept of keepers in cricket. Scored at will and everywhere to go with his sublime keeping skills.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

I am probably going to annoy a lot of people but here goes! Firstly Waqar is my hero, best memories are of 1992 against England. Gilchrist made is debut in late 1999, by 2000 the bowling standard dropped dramatically! Wasim, Waqar, Ambrose, Walsh, Donald etc were all on the way out. Gilly also did not have to face Warne or McGrath. I just wonder how Gilly would have fared if he played in the 1990s. Ok, I await the backlash!

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (December 9, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Still remembered him as a bowler who went for 70 odd runs in WC matches against India. Why he lost his rhythm in WC against India?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 9, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

A great bowler waqar i don't know what took them so long Congrats waqar bahi A true legend

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Congratulations Waqar & Gilli!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Hi, Just a small change I wanted to point out. Waqar took a total of 789 international wickets. The haul of 416 wickets is only in ODIs. It would be nice to mention his test wickets haul of 373 as well.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 9, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Late enough..... The two legends of the game who made a cricket fan feel proud and excited always... Congrats!!!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

True legend of cricket. Both are my favourite cricket in respect of their role in the teams. Nice to see their names in the hall of fame. Congratulation to the authority concern for their courage to declare both of them in the prestigious list.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 9, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Both well deserving players in fact legends.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

he is 5th ..........................................................

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

this was long overdue. I found it ridiculous to see likes of boycott and bedi (both good players though) in icc hall of fame and not see waqar or gilchrist. Both were great players. Waqar could take bundles of wickets in space of balls, gilly could take a team from 160/6 to 400.

Posted by Kirk_Levin on (December 9, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Congrats to both. Still remember watching Waqar bowl in Aussie. Fast and accurate. Gilchrist is also a legend. Redefined the role of a wicket-keeper.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Waqar has much more then 416 wickets in international cricket. Please rectify.

Posted by anupkeni on (December 9, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting should also be included in ICC hall of fame.

Posted by DragonCricketer on (December 9, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Well done to 2 greats. You gotta have Gilchrist in the world best ever 11. And Waqar would be in the top 10 or 15 fast bowlers that ever played the game. Apparently Waqar married and settled in a Sydney suburb near where I live. My Saturday arvo C2 side would love to sign him up with us. It would be great to yell out to the batting team scorers, "Bowlers name: Waqar Younis". "Why is the keeper on the fence?" he he he

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

great bowler and toe crusher waqar................

Posted by A_cricketlover_from_Pakistan on (December 9, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

He is 5th Pakistani.........After Hanif, Imran, Javed & Akram.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

they both are true legends...

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