London, Former India batting great Sachin Tendulkar was the latest to be inducted to the ICC Hall of Fame along with South Africa speedster Allan Donald and Australia women pacer Cathryn Fitzpatrick. All three were inducted in a ceremony here on Thursday. According to the ICC rule a player should have played his last international match at least five years before and Tendulkar had retired in November 2013 and was inducted immediately after becoming eligible.
Tendulkar is the sixth Indian to be part of the ICC’s Hall of Fame with likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. The batting legend featured in the team that won the 2011 World Cup and has 15921 runs in Tests, 18426 runs in ODIs, and only batsman with 100 centuries in international cricket ( 51 in Tests, 49 in ODIs).
“It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations,” Tendulkar said. “They have all contributed to the growth and popularity of the game and I am happy to have done my bit.”
Donald, who retired from all formats in 2004, was one of South Africa’s greatest fast bowlers, and the first bowler from the side to take 300 Test wickets and 200 ODI wickets. Donald ended with a wickets tally of 602 wickets in an international career that spanned more than a decade.
Fitzpatrick, the eighth woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, was the fastest bowler in women’s cricket over the course of her 16-year international career. Her tally of 180 ODI wickets was the highest in women’s cricket, until it was surpassed by India seamer Jhulan Goswami in May 2017.
Fitzpatrick helped Australia lift two Women’s World Cups – in 1997 and 2005 – and was coach of the side between May 2012 and May 2015, in which time Australia Women won a World Cup and two World T20 titles.