New Delhi: India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into ICC Hall of Fame on Thursday in London. South Africa’s Allan Donald and Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick were also honoured alongside Tendulkar.
Tendulkar was inducted immediately after becoming eligible for induction, which requires that a player should have played his last international match at least five years before.
ICC took to Twitter to make the announcement:
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
Tendulkar, who retired in November 2013, tallied 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 in ODIs, both of which remain records. He became the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Before Tendulkar other Indian players to be inducted into this elite club are Rahul Dravid (2018), Anil Kumble (2015), Bishen Singh Bedi (2009), Kapil Dev (2009), and Sunil Gavaskar (2009).
Speaking at the event, Sachin said, ”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.”
Allan Donald & Cathryn Fitzpatrick enlisted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
Known as ‘White Lightning’ Allan Donald was a nightmare to batsmen in his prime. He finished with 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets. Donald is one of the players credited with South Africa’s success in the game after their return to international cricket in 1991.
Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick was the fastest woman pacer in the world for a span of 16 years. She became the eighth woman to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. The pacer was pivotal in Australia’s triumphs in two ICC Women’s World Cups. In 13 Test matches, she scalped 60 wickets. She concluded her magnificent career with 180 wickets in 109 matches.
Post the event, all three legends posed for a selfie.
— ICC (@ICC) July 18, 2019