Sachin Tendulkar becomes latest inductee in the ICC Hall of Fame

T20 Mumbai’s League Ambassador will be the sixth Indian to be conferred this accolade by the International Cricket Council.

Legendary Indian batsman and T20 Mumbai’s League Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar was conferred another feather in his cap on Thursday, as he was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame.

The 46-year-old, alongside former South African fast bowler Allan Donald and Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fittzpatrick, were added to the ICC’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in London.

“On this occasion, I would like to thank all of those who were by my side over a long international career,” Tendulkar said after receiving the accolade. “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."

ICC Hall of Fame explained

The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is a prestigious award introduced by cricket’s governing body to recognize the achievements of the legends of the game. So far, 87 players have been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame since the first ceremony was held in 2009. To be eligible for the accolade, a player must have retired from International cricket for at least five years.

The Master Blaster becomes the sixth Indian cricketer to have been conferred this prestigious award, following on the footsteps of stalwarts like Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Kapil Dev.

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