Indian cricket legend Sachi Teludulkar has become one of the three cricketing stars who were included in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during a ceremony in London. The other two are Allan Donald of South Africa and Cathryn Fitzpatrick of Australia.
Sachin Tendulkar played 200 Test’s and holds a record of most number of runs and hundreds in Test Cricket and became the sixth Indian Batsmen to give the honour. According to ICC guidelines indicate that if a player is internationally retired for at least five years to include in the list. Tendulkar has played his last Test match in November 2013.
“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,” – Sachin Tendulkar.
Allan Donald Known as ‘White Lightning’ has picked 330 wickets in Tests and 272 wickets in ODIs. He has played his last international match in February 2003.
“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 honour,” 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.” – Donald said.
“If I start with Free State cricket back in the day, then the legendary Hansie Cronje’s dad Mr Ewie Cronje, helped me through school and college cricket and then there was my uncle Des Donald who was very hard on me. Bob Woolmer was a mentor, we clicked in international cricket and he showed me the road to success.” – Donald added
Fitzpatrick is the eighth woman to win the award, who helped Australia team to win two ICC Women’s Cricket World Cups, and have also finished with 60 wickets in 13 Tests. She was the fastest bowler in women’s cricket for a period of 16 years, ending her career with a record 180 wickets in 109 matches.
“To gain recognition alongside many of the games’ giants is a huge honour. 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.” – Fitzpatrick.
— ICC (@ICC) July 18, 2019