International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame is a galaxy of cricketing legends who have been an ornament to the sport with their monumental feats.
The great batting legend and “The Wall” of Indian cricket -Rahul Dravid became the 5th Indian to be inducted in ICC Hall of Fame and made everyone proud yet again. Sunil Gavaskar presented the memento to Rahul Dravid. He had made his international debut on 20 June 1996 v England and played last international match on 24 January 2012 v Australia. He has scored 13,288runs in test and 10,889in ODI and has 48 international centuries in his records.
The four Indians who were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame prior to Dravid are:
Sunil Gavaskar (1971-1987) – inducted in 2009
Bishan Singh Bedi (1966-1979) – inducted in 2009
Kapil Dev (1978-1994) – inducted in 2010
Anil Kumble (1990-2008) – inducted in 2015
To everyone’s surprise “God of cricket- Sachin Tendulkar” is yet to be the part of prestigious “ICC Hall of Fame”. Sachin Tendulkar has made 15921 runs in Test cricket and 18426 runs in his ODI Career. He has made 100 centuries in International cricket. The Bharat Ratna awardee “Sachin Tendulkar” has numerous records in his 24 years long cricketing career. From his stats, it is obvious that he is the most prominent candidate for the ICC Hall of Fame. It is disappointing for his fans that the Master-Blaster has not yet been inducted, but do you know why the great cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has not made it to the list till now.
The reason is that the criteria for gaining entry into the exclusive club of legends. For a batsman to qualify, he should have recorded at least 8,000 runs and 20 hundreds in any of the two major formats (Tests and One-Day Internationals) or should average over 50 in either. Sachin Tendulkar undoubtedly fulfills this clause. However, the most important qualification is that these players shouldn’t have featured in any international game in the five years prior to the nomination.
Sachin Tendulkar played the last international test match on 14 November 2013 in Mumbai against the West Indies and subsequently retired on 16th November 2013. By this rule, he falls short a few months. That’s the reason he has not yet been included in ICC Hall of Fame. He will be eligible for the list next year and hopefully will get inducted as soon as he qualifies.
Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut on November 15, 1989 in Karachi, Pakistan and exactly 24 years later, he retired from international cricket.