DHAKA: Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and South African pace legend Allan Donald have been inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame.
Along with them, two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick was also inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, the world cricketing body announced.
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," Sachin Tendulkar said at the induction ceremony held in London.
The 46-year-old former right-hand batsman is regarded as the greatest to have played the game along with Sir Donald Bradman and remains the top run-accumulator in both Tests and ODIs. He has 34,357 runs across formats and is the only batsman to have 100 internationals hundreds under his belt.
In a video posted on ICC's official twitter handle, former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jaywardena congratulated Sachin Tendulkar on his induction into the ICC Hall of Fame.
He thanked his family and coach, who has supported him in his journey in international cricket for close to two and half decades.
"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," the maestro said.
Tendulkar, the most prolific batsman in history, was inducted immediately after becoming eligible for induction, which requires that a player should have played his last international match at least five years before. The 46-year-old former right-hand batsman is regarded the greatest to have played the game along with Sir Donald Bradman and remains the top run-accumulator in both Tests and ODIs.
Tendulkar, who retired in November 2013, tallied 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 in ODIs, both of which remain records. He is the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Donald, known as the 'White Lightening', was arguably South Africa's fastest bowler ever and finished with 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets. He is one of the players credited with South Africa's success in the game after their return to international cricket in 1991.
Fitzpatrick, the eighth woman to win the award, was the fastest bowler in women's cricket for a period of 16 years, ending her career with 180 wickets in 109 matches, a record then. She helped Australia win two ICC Women's Cricket World Cups and finished with 60 wickets in 13 Tests.
"The biggest shock when you open an e-mail like that - it says congratulations Allan Donald, you have been inducted in the ICC n inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame! It hits you, it hits you quite hard because it is a prestigious award and something that you can't take lightly. I thank the ICC for the huge honour," Donald said on his induction.
BDST: 1107 HRS, JULY 19, 2019