In order to celebrate the history of Test cricket leading into the inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, the ICC announced a special edition intake of ten cricket icons of the previous eras.
“The 10 legends of the game to be inducted have all made a significant contribution to the history of Test cricket, and join an illustrious list of ICC Hall of Famers, taking the total number to 103 as a result of this intake.” said the ICC via special press release.
The players included in the list represented five different eras of Test cricket:
- Early Cricket Era: Aubrey Faulkner (SA) and Monty Noble (AUS)
- Inter-War Era: Sir Learie Constantine (WI) and Stan McCabe (AUS)
- Post-War Era: Vinoo Mankad (IND) and Ted Dexter (ENG)
- ODI Era: Bob Willis (ENG) and Desmond Haynes (WI)
- Modern-Era: Kumar Sangakkara (SL) and Andy Flower (ZIM)
The ICC press release further applauded Vinoo Mankad’s numerous achievements- the most prominent being the highest opening stand of 413 in Test cricket in 1956 with Pankaj Roy, a record that stood for 52 years, his Test numbers, and his contribution towards the longest format of the game.
“Vinoo Mankad of India played 44 Tests, scored 2,109 runs at 31.47, took 162 wickets at 32.32, and was an opening batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler, known as one of India’s greatest-ever all-rounders,” the ICC release said.
“His most famous feat was against England at Lord’s in 1952 when he scored 72 and 184 and bowled 97 overs in the match. He is one of only three cricketers to have batted in every position during his Test career. In later life, he also coached another legendary cricketer and fellow ICC Hall of Fame member from his country, Sunil Gavaskar in Mumbai, India,” it added.