Arguably the world’s best batsman, Master Blaster, God of cricket are a few of the adjectives used to describe Sachin Tendulkar, the latest inductee into the ICC’s Hall of Fame.
The great man is adored and respected by all for not only the humongous records he created, but also his down to earth nature. He never forgets to thank anybody who helped him grow. His retirement speech at the Wankhede Stadium is a proof of that.
Close to six years ago, Sachin retired leaving billions of fans teary eyed. Today, he has been inducted into ICC’s Hall of Fame. “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.
On such a happy occasion, he has once again thanked those who had immense contributions in his life.
Sachin told ICC, “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.”
“I am also thankful to all my captains, fellow players and the BCCI and the MCA administrators over the years for their support and for making me enjoy the game so much and for so long. I thank the ICC for this appreciation of my cricket career and I am happy to note that cricket continues to grow with three popular formats,” he added.
ICC tweeted a video on Sachin Tendulkar's induction:
Sachin retired from international cricket in November 2013 with 34,357 runs including 100 centuries and 164 half-centuries for India. He stayed as the No. 1 ranked Test batsman for 1157 days and the No. 1 ranked ODI batsman for 354 days.