Revealed: Why Sachin Tendulkar Was Inducted In ICC Hall of Fame After Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble
Sachin Tendulkar, on Thursday, added yet another feather to his illustrious cap. The former India batsman 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.
Now ever since the ICC gave the recognition to Sachin Tendulkar, the fans have been asking as to why they were so late. Tendulkar’s teammates Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid made it to the club earlier than him. 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. Well, the ICC were so late in awarding the recognition to Tendulkar because of their rules. After fulfilling the strict stats criteria, the batsman can enter the ICC Hall of Fame only after he completes five years of retirement. Considering Dravid (2012) and Kumble (2008) both called time on their illustrious careers before Tendulkar (2013), the duo were inducted before the the opening batsman.