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Iconic India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, legendary South Africa pace bowler Allan Donald and former Australia women’s fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick have all been inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame.
The trio were bestowed with the honour at a ceremony in London on Thursday.
Tendulkar was inducted immediately after becoming eligible, which is five years after a player has played their last international match.
Tendulkar is widely considered to be the best batsman to grace the game as he tops the charts for the most runs scored in Tests and ODIs.
Tendulkar scored 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches, which included 51 centuries and 68 fifties, at an average of 53.78.
In regards to ODIs, he accumulated 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs, which included 49 hundreds and 96 half-centuries, at an average of 44.83.
He also featured in one Twenty20 International, where he scored 10 runs.
“It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “They have all contributed to the growth and popularity of the game and I am happy to have done my bit.”
Donald is widely considered as one of the best bowlers South Africa has ever produced.
He took 330 wickets in 72 Test matches, which included 20 five-wicket hauls, at an average of 22.35.
He also claimed 272 wickets in 164 ODIs, which included two five-wicket hauls, at an average of 21.78.
“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,” Donald said.
As for Fitzpatrick, she took 60 wickets in 13 Tests, which included two five-wicket hauls, at an average of 19.11.
She also picked up 180 wickets in 109 ODIs, which included four five-fors, at an average 16.79.
“To gain recognition alongside many of the games’ giants is a huge honour,” Fitzpatrick said. “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.”
Speaking about Tendulkar, Donald and Fitzpatrick, ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said: “It is a great honour for us to announce the 2019 inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Sachin, Allan and Cathryn are three of the finest players to ever grace our game and are deserved additions to the Hall of Fame. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate all three players, who enrich the list of all-time greats already members of this select club.”