- Sachin Tendulkar was inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame.
- As a result, he became the sixth Indian to earn the distinction.
- South African pace legend Allan Donald and two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick were also bestowed upon with the honour.
Indian batting legend and arguably the best batsman to ever grace the game, Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted in the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame. South African fast bowling legend Allan Donald was also bestowed upon with the honour.
The two were joined by two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick in the Hall of Fame was.
“It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations. They have all contributed to the growth and popularity of the game and I am happy to have done my bit,” Tendulkar said at the induction ceremony.
The legend thanked his coach and family who supported him during his journey in international cricket, which lasted over two and a half decades.
“On this occasion, I would like to thank all of those who were by my side over a long international career. My parents, brother Ajit and wife Anjali have been pillars of strength while I was lucky to have someone like coach Ramakant Achrekar as an early guide and mentor,” the master blaster said. With the induction, Tendulkar became the sixth Indian to make it to the prestigious list.
But what took it so long for the induction?
Well, according to ICC’s rules, a player is required to have played his last international match at least 5 years before. In that way, Tendulkar was inducted almost immediately after becoming eligible for induction. The cricketer retired on 16 November 2013 while the last Hall of Fame ceremony happened in July 2018.
Has there ever been a cricketer quite like Sachin Tendulkar?
Last night, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame alongside Allan Donald and Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
— ICC (@ICC) July 19, 2019
Indians in the ICC Hall of Fame
- Bishan Singh Bedi (2009)
- Kapil Dev (2009)
- Sunil Gavaskar (2009)
- Anil Kumble (2015)
- Rahul Dravid (2018)
- Sachin Tendulkar (2019)
The former cricketer accumulated a stunning 18,426 in ODIs and 15,921 runs in Tests, both of which are the highest in cricket.
“It is a great honour for us to announce the 2019 inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Sachin, Allan and Cathryn are three of the finest players to ever grace our game and are deserved additions to the Hall of Fame, ” Manu Sawhney, ICC Chief Executive, said, “On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate all three players, who enrich the list of all-time greats already members of this select club.”