The God of Cricket and legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame. Former South African fast bowler Allan Donald and former Australia Women’s fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick also honoured with Hall of Fame. The trio was awarded in the special ceremony in London on Thursday.
As per ICC’s rule, a player should have played his last International match five years ago to be inducted in their Hall of Fame. Sachin has been off the pitch for about 6 years now, having retired in November 2013.
Sachin Tendulkar is the sixth Indian to achieve this feat. Before Sachin, Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble had been included in ICC Hall of Fame.
Sachin Tendulkar has scored 15921 runs in Tests and 18426 runs in ODIs and is the highest run-scorer in both formats. He also has a century of centuries to boast about, having scored 51 hundred in ODIs and 49 hundred in Tests. Sachin Tendulkar was also part of India’s World Cup win in 2011, where he fulfilled his childhood dream. In a career spanning 24 years, Sachin Tendulkar has achieved what aspiring cricketers don’t even dream of.
Sachin expressed his happiness and said, “It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations.”
Allan Donald retired in 2004 and was among South Africa’s finest fast bowlers. He picked 602 wickets in his International career.
“The biggest shock when you open an e-mail like that – it says congratulations Allan Donald, you have been inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame! It hits you, it hits you quite hard because it is a prestigious award and something that you can’t take lightly. I thank the ICC for the huge honour,” said Allan Donald in the ceremony organised in London.
Fitzpatrick is the 8th woman to be honoured with ICC Hall of Fame. She picked 180 ODI wickets for Australia, which was a record then, in Women’s Cricket. She is two-time World Cup winner for Australia. She even coached the Australian side from 2012-2015.
ICC’s chief executive Manu Sawhney said, “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. 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.”