On Thursday, the legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, South Africa’s Allan Donald, and Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick have been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London.
In his career, Sachin played as many as 200 Tests and holds the record for the most number of Test runs and centuries and now he has become the sixth Indian batsmen to have inducted as he received the honor as soon as after he became eligible for induction. ICC guidelines prescribe in order to receive this honor, a cricketer needs to have returned at least five years ago. Tendulkar played his last Test match in November 2013.
Talking about the same, Tendulkar said, “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.”
Donald went on to take 330 wickets in Tests and 272 in ODIs and was arguably South Africa’s fastest pacer. On the other hand, Fitzpatrick, the eighth woman to win the award and she was also finished with 60 wickets in 13 Tests. She was the fastest bowler in women’s cricket for a period of 16 years.
After receiving the award, Donal said, “The biggest shock when you open an e-mail like that – it says congratulations Allan Donald, you have been 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 honor. It all immediately takes you back to where you started. The reflection is of such a nature that everything that you have done in your career since you were a little boy starts to creep into your head. There are so many people to thank who have influenced my life – as mentors, as coaches.”
On the other hand, Fitzpatrick said: “To gain recognition alongside many of the games’ giants is a huge honor. I look at the list of past inductees and what stands out most is not only their outstanding talent but that they were game-changers. They took the game on and changed the way it was played.”