Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into the ICC's Hall of Fame on Sunday in a ceremony at London, along with South African fast-bowling legend Allan Donald and two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
The little master became the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC's Hall of Fame, joining Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble. He was inducted as soon as he became eligible, with the criteria being that a player must have played his last international match at least five years earlier. Sachin has played his last international match, a Test against the West Indies, in November 2013. He has scored 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 in ODIs, both of which remain records.
"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 in London on Sunday night, as per PTI.
He thanked those closest to him, as well as his late coach Ramakant Achrekar:
"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."
"I am also thankful to all my captains, fellow players and the BCCI and the MCA administrators over the years for their support and for making me enjoy the game so much and for so long. I thank the ICC for this appreciation of my cricket career and I am happy to note that cricket continues to grow with three popular formats," he added.