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Indian Cricketing Legends in Their Lifetime

February 2009
Indian Cricketing Legends in Their Lifetime

What do Sunil Gavaskar, Bishen Singh Bedi and Kapil Dev have in common? These former cricket players enjoyed great success and acclaim in their heyday, and each of them led the Indian team at some point. Now all three have been chosen for the first ICC (International Cricket Council) Hall of Fame in Sydney, Australia. Launched in association with FICA (Federation of International Cricketers’ Association), it recognizes the historical contribution of past players, officials and institutions. These three were the only Indians in a list of 55 ex-players that included Donald Bradman of Australia, W. G. Grace of England, Garfield Sobers of the West Indies, and Imran Khan of Pakistan.

Only former cricketers are considered for induction; otherwise, Sachin Tendulkar, who is still going strong at the age of 35, would have been a shoo-in for the inaugural Hall of Fame. He had an eventful 2008, cementing his reputation as one of the finest batsmen in the annals of cricket. Dubbed the Little Master, like Gavaskar and Viswanath in their time, Tendulkar is also known as the Master Blaster and the Little Champion. He now holds the world record for the most runs scored in Test cricket and is also the first (and so far only) batsman to surpass 12,000 runs. In addition, he became the first cricketer to break the 10,000-run barrier in one-day internationals. In either form of cricket, no other batsman has scored more centuries than Tendulkar.

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