Legendary Sachin Tendulkar, on Thursday, became the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. The former India batsman made it to the exclusive club during a glittering ceremony in London. Sachin Tendulkar became just the sixth Indian to be inducted into the prestigious ICC Hall of Fame.
Along with the Master Blaster, South African pace legend Allan Donald and two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick were also inducted into the Hall of Fame.Prior to Tendulkar, the other Indians who were inducted into Hall of Fame were Bishan Singh Bedi (2009), Kapil Dev (2009), Sunil Gavaskar (2009), Anil Kumble (2015) and Rahul Dravid (2018).
Overall, a total of 87 cricketers have been inducted into this exclusive club so far. 28 players are from England, 26 from Australia and 18 from West Indies. Pakistan have five representations from their nation, New Zealand and South Africa three each and Sri Lanka have one player chosen for this club. Inducting Sachin in the club was just a matter of time.
As per rules, the players can be inducted into the Hall of Fame only after completion of five years of their retirement. Thus Sachin got the recognition on Thursday as had retired in November 2013.Tendulkar is the most decorated batsman in the history of the game.
The legendary batsman scored a staggering 34,357 runs across formats, more than 6,000 ahead of the second-placed Kumar Sangakkara. In terms of centuries, he hit 100 and is 29 clear of the next on the list, Ricky Ponting. In ODIs, he has hit 49 tons while in Tests, he has scored 51 tons. In 2011, he helped India win their second World Cup.
ICC’s Twitter handle, meanwhile, used the opportunity to reignite the debate over whether Sachin is the greatest cricketer of all time.
The ‘Little Master’ is the latest person to enter the ICC Hall of Fame!
— ICC (@ICC) July 18, 2019
The fans were quick to reply to the tweet and unsurprisingly most of them called Sachin the greatest-ever. Here are some of the reactions:
No doubt he was the greatest Cricketer of his era, and beyond,
and World cricket is yet to see another legend who can fit the shoes of @sachin_rt.
His stellar records, his knowledge of d game and his Dedication for it made him deserving of being addressed as the GOD OF CRICKET.
— Vinay Kumar Dokania (@VinayDokania) July 18, 2019
Is he the GOAT ?
Without a doubt especially when u hv 100 Hundreds in era of Wasim , Waqar , Mcgrath, Brett Lee, Akhtar, Shane warne , murli , Vaas, Shane Bond , Vitori, Walsh , Ambrose, Saqlain, Flintoff, Allen Donald, Pollock etc.
— Abhishek (@abhi3627) July 19, 2019
How did ICC give you the job if you don’t already know that?
— Akshay A Pande (@MasahariBrahmin) July 19, 2019
He’s THE greatest cricketer of all time. Is that even a bloody question? He’s an absolute legend and we respect him a lot.
— England Cricket Portal (@ecpofficial_) July 19, 2019
Is Tendulkar the greatest batsman of all time ?
Yes – after Bradman, and before what Kohli will one day be !
— Daraius Ardeshir (@DEArdeshir) July 19, 2019
The trains used to stop when SRT used to bat. Are u even kidding me with question?!
— Viraj Raundal (@raundal_viraj) July 19, 2019
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