Tendulkar inducted into ICC Hall of Fame along with Donald and Fitzpatrick
Former Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into ICC Hall of Fame along with South Africa’s Allan Donald and Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
The three greats of the game were awarded the honour following the general meeting of International Cricket Council (ICC). Sachin Tendulkar played his last Test on November 2013 and became eligible for the honour in this year. In the first year itself, the legendary batsman has been awarded this gesture.
“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.
South African fast bowler Allan Donald played his last International game in 2003 and it took him some years to receive this honour. Speaking on this honour Donald 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 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.
Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick became the eighth women cricketer to achieve this honour. Talking about the induction, Fitzpatrick said: “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.”