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Tendulkar, Donald and Fitzpatrick inducted in ICC Hall of Fame
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Tendulkar, Donald and Fitzpatrick inducted in ICC Hall of Fame

Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, former South Africa pacer Allan Donald and former Australia Women's fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick have become the latest entrants in the prestigious ICC Hall of Fame.

The trio were inducted into the list in a ceremony organized by the International Cricket Council in London on Thursday.

Tendulkar is the sixth Indian to be honoured with inclusion in the ICC Hall of Fame following the footsteps of Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid.

Tendulkar is the only player in history to notch up 100 centuries in international cricket in addition to being the sport's most prolific run-getter.

Tendulkar finished his career in November 2013 with a colossal tally of 18426 runs in one-day internationals and 15921 runs in the longest format.

He has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame immediately after becoming eligible for the special award since ICC guidelines dictate a player to be retired for at least five years.

Tendulkar's illustrious career spanned over two decades and he was part of India's World Cup winning team in 2011.

"It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations," he said.

"They have all contributed to the growth and popularity of the game and I am happy to have done my bit."

One of the fiercest fast bowlers of his era, Donald found great success in international cricket as he retired with 602 wickets across formats.

He played 72 Tests and 164 ODIs for his country and was the key contributor to South Africa's dominance since readmission to the sport in 1991.

"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 remarked after being inducted.

Fitzpatrick is widely regarded as the fastest bowler in women's cricket for possessing the ability to clock speeds reaching the 75 mph mark.

Her 16-year international career saw her lead Australia to two Women's World Cup titles and created the world record of most wickets in ODI cricket which was recently surpassed by Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami.

She later served as coach of Australia Women and is only the eighth female cricketer to be mentioned in the ICC Hall of Fame.

"To gain recognition alongside many of the games' giants is a huge honour. 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," she said.