International Cricket Council inducted Rahul Dravid into ICC hall of fame. Apart from Dravid, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting (1995-2012) in 2018, England’s former England cricketer Claire Taylor (1998-2011) also got a place in the Hall of Fame. Dravid is the fifth Indian cricketer to receive this honor. On Sunday night, the ICC announced the name of Rahul Dravid in a function held in Dublin. Prior to Rahul Dravid, this honor has been received by Indian stars Bishan Singh Bedi (2009), Kapil Dev (2009), Sunil Gavaskar (2009) and Anil Kumble (2015). The name of Bedi, Kapil and Gavaskar was in the first list of ‘Hall of Fame’ released in 2009. Anil Kumble was the last Indian cricketer to join this list before Dravid. Kumble was included in the list in 2015 by the ICC.
Rahul Dravid is called as ‘The wall’ of Team India due to his defensive style. Rahul Dravid is one of the best Test cricketers for India. In the top-ranked Test cricket, Rahul continued to occupy No. 3 for a long time. Rahul Dravid (1996-2002) scored 13,288 runs during his Test career and is at number four behind Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Ricky Ponting (13378) and Jacques Kallis (13289) in the list of highest run-scorers. However, Rahul Dravid, who is leading the responsibility of Team India-A coach, could not participate in the function. He thanked the ICC for his special honor through a video message.
Dravid said, “It is a great honor and pride to be included in the Hall of Fame. I thank the ICC for this. During the journey of becoming a cricketer, it is a privilege to be included in the name of the people whom I grew up playing as a young player, whom I considered as my role model. I would like to thank all those coaches who helped me to improve my game and ability while playing in the Indian cricket team from the school. If they had not given me love and cooperation then today I am not here. I am truly grateful to all of them. I could not get to this honor due to the responsibilities of coaching U-19 India. I am very pleased to receive this honor and it will always be closer to my heart.”