Former Indian cricket team captain, Rahul Dravid has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on Sunday. Dravid becomes the fifth Indian cricketer to receive the honour after Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble.
Along with Indian cricketer, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and England batting great Claire Taylor. With 13,288 runs in 164 Test matches, Rahul Dravid is fourth on the list of all-time highest run-getters in the longest format of the game behind only Sachin Tendulkar, Ponting and Jacques Kallis.
In a video message, Dravid said, “It’s a great honour and privilege to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I’m thankful to the ICC for giving me this honour. It’s a privilege to be in a group of people I have looked up to and I have admired as a young man growing up in my journey as a cricketer. I love to be able to thank so many people who have made it possible for me to have a career in this sport and to fulfil my dreams."
“My parents, my young family, my wife and two kids, my so many friends, colleagues that I have played with and played against who have enriched my game, my many coaches right from the time I was a boy in school and the coaches that I have played for India have really helped me develop my potential. I would not be here if not for the support and love that they have given me and I’m truly thankful and grateful for it.”
Former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting is the 25th Australian to be awarded the cap. Ponting, who scored more than 13,000 runs in both Tests and one-day internationals, said, "I loved every moment of my journey as a player and am so very proud of the team and personal achievements along the way."
Taylor is the seventh woman to join and the third female player from England. Taylor scored 1,030 runs in 15 Tests, 4,101 runs in 126 ODIs and 615 runs in 21 Twenty20 Internationals.