Johnny Mullagh, one of the trailblazers of the Australian cricket who starred in the Aboriginal team of Australia that toured England for the first time in 1868, has been inducted to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
This is probably the longest in the history of cricket that any cricketer had to wait to get the recognition . Johnny Mullagh had to wait 152 years since he made his name in the international forum to receive this recognition.
“The Australian Cricket Hall of Fame is proud to honour Johnny Mullagh for his contribution to Australia’s cricketing history and national identity,” Australian Hall of Fame Chairman Peter King said in an official statement.
Born Unaarrimin, the Victorian all-rounder cricketer led the Aboriginal team touring England in 1868, during which he played 47 matches, registering his career-defining 1698 runs. He also took charge of the bowling attacks very skillfully, bowling 1877 overs, scalping 245 wickets.
He has been an inspiration for generations of young cricketers. Acknowledging his contribution to australian cricket, King said, “Johnny Mullagh and the 1868 Aboriginal team paved the way for so many future Australians to showcase their skill and talent on the world stage. To consider the team’s feats were in an era dictated by inequality, makes their story even more remarkable and worthy of recognition.”
“I think, in this case, Cricket Australia, the players association and the Hall of Fame itself wanted to acknowledge the impact Indigenous players have had on the game,” King said.
Mullagh is among the three players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, to be announced in February.