Indian batting icon and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame. Speaking at the induction ceremony held in London on Sunday night, the 46-year-old former right-hand batsman said that it is a huge honour for him. Regarded as the greatest to have played the game, Little Master Tendulkar remains the top run-accumulator in both Tests and ODIs.
He was the part of the Indian team which won the 2011 Cricket World Cup, which was his sixth world cup appearance. In 2010, Tendulkar’s name was among the 100 “Most Influential People in the World” in Time Magazine. An Arjuna Awardee (1994), a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee (1997), Padma Shri recipient (1999) and Padma Vibhushan recipient (2008), Sachin Tendulkar played his last match on November 16, 2013.
With every possible batting record in his cap, Sachin Tendulkar has become the ensuring part of International cricket. In 664 international matches across formats, the literal 'God of Cricket' scored 34,357 runs at an average of 48.52 including 100 centuries and 164 half-centuries.
Along with Tendulkar, 52-year-old South African pace legend Allan Donald has also been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. One of the finest bowlers to have played the game, Donald had 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets to his credit before calling it quits in 2003.
Joining Tendulkar and Donald in the Hall of Fame was two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick, who is the second-highest wicket-taker of all time in women's cricket with 180 ODI scalps and 60 in Tests. As a coach, she guided the Australian women's team to three World Cup titles.
Earlier in November 2018, former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid was officially inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. He was felicitated with a plaque depicting a commemorative cap by another Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar.
(With PTI inputs)