Cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
Cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London.
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. 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.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney: “It is a great honour for us to announce the 2019 inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Sachin, Allan and Cathryn are three of the finest players to ever grace our game and are deserved additions to the Hall of Fame. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate all three players, who enrich the list of all-time greats already members of this select club.”
Sachin Tendulkar:“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.
“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.
“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.”
Some career highlights of Sachin Tendulkar
His 200 matches, 15,921 runs and 51 centuries are all Test records
His 463 matches, 18,426 runs and 49 centuries are all ODI records
The only man to score 100 centuries in all international cricket
A record 2278 runs and six centuries in ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments
Won ICC CWC 2011 with India
The first man to score a double-century in ODI cricket
The leading run scorer in ICC CWC 1996 and 2003
He spent 1157 days as the number 1 ranked Test batsman (1994-2011)
He spent 354 days as the number 1 ranked ODI batsman (1996-2008)