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Tendulkar becomes 6th Indian to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame; Allan Donald, Cathryn Fitzpatrick also honoured

Vinod Kambli, Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter to congratulate the Little Master.

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Updated: Jul 19, 2019, 01.46 PM IST
ICC tweeted a selfie, from the ceremony, of this year's three Hall of Fame inductees. (L to R: Allan Donald, Sachin Tendulkar, Cathryn Fitzpatrick)
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Hall of Fame alongside South African pace legend Allan Donald.

Joining Tendulkar and Donald in the Hall of Fame was two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

Thanking his family and coach Ramakant Achrekar - who passed away earlier this year, for their support during his two-and-a-half decades long international cricket journey, the legend said, "It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations. They have all contributed to the growth and popularity of the game and I am happy to have done my bit."

"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," he said at the induction ceremony in London.

Tendulkar, considered one of the most prolific batsmen in history, was inducted immediately after becoming eligible for induction, which requires that a player should have played his last international match at least five years before.

The 46-year-old, who retired in November 2013, tallied 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 in ODIs, both of which remain records. The highest run-scorer in Test matches and ODIs, the 'God of cricket' has 100 international centuries.

Tendulkar became the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, after Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid.

Wishes poured in for the players on social media after the induction.

Tendulkar's former teammate and friend posted a video on Twitter congratulating him.

Actor-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir said the honour was 'very well deserved'.

Pragyan Prayas Ojha also congratulated Tendulkar, tweeting, "Congratulations @sachin_rt paaji on being inducted into #ICCHallOfFame. One more feather to the most decorated cap. #PrideOfTheNation."

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