Sachin Tendulkar inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame
London : Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has added another feather to his cap of success. The legendary cricketer has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on Thursday at a ceremony held in London. Along with the 46-year-old, South Africa's Allan Donald and Australia's Cathryn Fitzpatrick were given his honour.
Sachin has a massive contribution in making the name of Indian Cricket across the world.
He also owns a Bharat Ratna award, which is the highest civilian honour in India. He has featured in 200 Test matches which is more than anyone else. Moreover, he is also the all-time leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs.
In both these formats, Sachin has scored 15,921 and 18,426 runs respectively. While the legendary cricketer registered 51 Test centuries, he reached the triple figures on 49 instances in ODIs. He only played one T20I game where he scored 10 runs.
He had retired from ODI cricket in 2012 and bid adieu to the longest format of the game the following year.
What took so long for ICC to decide on it?
A player becomes eligible to be inducted into the 'Hall of Fame' after five years of his retirement. Thus, Tendulkar became the sixth Indian to get this recognition with the last one being Rahul Dravid.
"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," Tendulkar said.