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10 players across five different eras have been inducted

10 players across five different eras have been inducted

Ahead of the inaugural World Test Championship final, the International Cricket Council has inducted 10 players from five different eras into the Hall of Fame for their contribution to Test cricket. The 10 ten players will now join an illustrious list to take the Hall of Fame tally to 103.

South Africa's Aubrey Faulkner and Australia's Monty Noble have been included from the early cricket era before 1918. Faulkner is famously known for being the only cricketer to top both the batting and the bowling charts in his time. Former West Indies allrounder Sir Learie Constantine and former Australia batsman Stan McCabe make the cut from the Inter-War era (1918-1945).

From the post-war era (1946-1970), India's Vinoo Mankad and England's Ted Dexter were picked whereas the ODI era saw former West Indies batsman Desmond Haynes and former England pacer Bob Willis finding a place in the list.

Kumar Sangakkara and Andy Flower, two of the most prolific wicketkeeper-batsmen in Test history, were chosen from the modern cricket era (1996-2015). Sangakkara, who has scored more than 12000 runs in Test cricket, becomes only the second Sri Lankan player to get inducted after Muttiah Muralitharan whereas Flower becomes the first player from Zimbabwe to make it to the Hall of Fame.

"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," Haynes said on his induction. "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."

"Vinoo Mankad's legacy has been to tell the aspiring Indian cricketer to believe in oneself," former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar said on Mankad's induction. "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."