Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Hall of Fame. Tendulkar became the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, the previous bigwigs being Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. '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,' Tendulkar said at the induction ceremony . He thanked his family and coach, who has supported him in his journey in international cricket for close to two and half decades. '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,' the maestro said.
Tendulkar, the most prolific batsman 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.