Pigeon’s flight to Hall of Fame




Australian pace attack spearhead during ‘Golden Age’ of Australian cricket from 1993-2007, Glenn McGrath is going to be inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the third test between Australia and Sri Lanka starting 4th January i.e., today. Induction ceremony will be held during lunch. McGrath will be the third inductee into hall of fame during 2012-13 session after Enid Bakewell, one of the best all-rounder English women’s team has ever produced and the legendary Brian Lara.

Glenn McGrath to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Glenn McGrath to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

McGrath said: “I am honoured that the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame voting academy, which includes all the current living Hall of Famers, have nominated and voted me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I am very much looking forward to celebrating the occasion on 4 January with not only my friends and family, but all those at the Sydney Cricket Ground which is of course is like a second home to me.”

The 42-year old who called day in 2007 will be 86th male member of Hall of Fame and 18th Australian to achieve this honour. McGrath made 124 test and 250 ODI appearances with a total of 944 wickets to his name which includes 563 test wickets with an astonishing average of 21.64, the most taken by a fast bowler. This feat makes him 2nd highest wicket taker from Australia, next only to Shane Warne in tests and 4th overall, the other two being Muttiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble. He also took 381 ODI wickets (380 for Australia and 1 for ICC World XI) with an average of 22.02 and is the joint-highest wicket-taker for Australia with Brett Lee.

McGrath was a part and lead bowler for the Australian side that won three consecutive world cups- 1999, 2003 and 2007. He still holds the record for the highest number of wickets taken by a bowler in World Cup matches, claiming 71 to his name. He also has the best bowling figures 7-15 which was achieved against Namibia during 2003 WC.
Apart from being a miraculous player, McGrath is also involved with social welfare. He along with his Wife Jane McGrath founded the McGrath foundation to spread awareness about Breast Cancer and provide each and every possible medical as well as financial help.

Truly said, “Cricket is gentleman’s game and he is true Gentleman!”

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