Sachin Tendulkar inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday inducted former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar into their prestigious Cricket Hall of Fame. Tendulkar joined ex-South African pacer Allan Donald and Australia’s former woman fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

Tendulkar becomes the sixth Indian cricketer to join the elite list featuring Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.

A glittering career

In an eventful career spanning 24 years, Tendulkar played 200 Tests and 463 ODIs for India, scoring 34,357 runs across all three formats. The Master Blaster holds some of the most unbreakable batting records – most runs in Test and ODIs, most international runs, most hundreds, first double hundred in ODIs among other notable achievements. In 2013, Tendulkar called time on his international career after retiring from ODI cricket in 2012.

Awards galore

Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for his exemplary contribution to Indian cricket. In 1997-98, he was bestowed with India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. He has also been conferred with India’s fourth highest (Padma Shri in 1999), second-highest (Padma Vibhushan in 2008) and highest (Bharat Ratna in 2014) civilian award.

Tendulkar first became ‘Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World’ in 1998 and then in 2010. He was part of the ICC World ODI XI in 2004, 2007 and 2010. He also featured in ICC’s World Test XI for three consecutive years – 2009, 2010, 2011. In 2011, the BCCI honoured Tendulkar with the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ award.

Post the event held at Madame Tussauds in London, Tendulkar spoke to presenter Zainab Abbas in a brief chat.

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