Sachin Tendulkar who is widely known as the ‘Master Blaster’ was recently inducted into ICC Hall of Fame during the prestigious ceremony at London on Thursday. The legendary cricketer was conferred with this greatest honour along with former Australian cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick and South African bowler Allan Donald. With this, Sachin became the sixth Indian cricketer to enter in the Hall of Fame.
During his grand induction ceremony at London, the 46-year-old batting maestro said,”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”. The other brilliant inductees Allan and Fitzpatrick are also no less than Sachin Tendulkar in terms of cricket. When on one side Allan has taken total 330 wickets in Test matches and 272 in ODIs, on the other hand, Cathryn has taken 180 wickets from 109 matches in ODIs. Notably, Cathryn Fitzpatrick is the eighth Australian cricketer to get inducted into ICC Hall of Fame this year.
The Little Master made his debut at the age of just 16 against Pakistan when he didn’t even know that he would become the god of cricket one day. Though he surely had the dream in his eyes to take the Indian Cricket Fraternity to next level which he achieved also.
Tendulkar announced his retirement from One Day International (ODI) cricket format in 2012 but before that the legend registered 18426 runs in 463 ODI matches and 15921 runs in Test cricket format. Notably, Sachin’s achievements are not just limited to his runs but he also holds the record for the highest number of centuries in ODIs and Test cricket which made him the only batsman with 100 international centuries across all forms of the game.
Apart from batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, former captain of Indian National Cricket Team Rahul Dravid also been inducted with ICC Hall of Fame in 2018. Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, and Sunil Gavaskar were honoured with this position in 2009 and Anil Kumble in 2015.