Master Blaster into ICC Hall Of Fame

The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame applauds “the accomplishments of the legends of the game from cricket’s long and illustrious history”. This was launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai on 2 January 2009, in affiliation with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), as an element of the ICC’s centenary celebrations.

Sachin Tendulkar becomes 6th Indian cricketer to be inducted in ICC Hall of Fame.

Indian batting legend and argualbly the supreme modern day batsman Sachin Tendulkar was on Friday inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame together with South African pace legend Allan Donald. Registering with Tendulkar and Donald in the Hall of Fame was two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick. Tendulkar turns into the 6th Indian cricketer to enroll in the elite set of international players.

“It’s a huge honour for me,” Tendulkar said at the launching ceremony organized on Sunday night. The 46-year-old former right-hand batsman is regarded as the greatest to play the game together with Sir Donald Bradman and continues to be the top run-accumulator in both Tests and ODIs. He has 34,357 runs across formats and is the solely batsman to have 100 internationals hundreds under his bash.

“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 global recognition of the game and I am happy to have carried out my part.

“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 also wife Anjali continued to be pillars of strength whilst was lucky to get a coach like 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,” the latter India captain and legend exclaimed.

South African paceman Allan Donald is regarded one of the best fast bowlers to have played out the game and have 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets to his credit score before asking it stops in 2003. Nicknamed ‘White Lightening’ due to his express haste, Donald is the 3rd Protea player to join the elite list after batting legends Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards.

Fitzpatrick is the 2nd 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 trophies.

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