After Rahul Dravid inducted into ICC Hall Of Fame 2018; he became only the fifth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Hall Of Fame. One of the finest batsmen to have even graced the game, Dravid was chosen by former inductees and members of the media to join the prestigious list of the International Cricket Council. Known for his cricketing astute and immense knowledge of the game, Dravid is recognised as one of the most technical batsmen to have played the game. Boasting of an incredible array of shots, Dravid was renowned for his wrist work and ability to play the game according to the situation. He joined Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev who were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009 and Anil Kumble who was included in 2015. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and former England women cricketer Claire Taylor were the other two players to be inducted on Sunday into ICC Hall Of Fame 2018.
Currently, coach of the India A side, Dravid’s rise over the years in the game has been meteoric. And it reached new heights after he was awarded the best achievement a cricketer can get in his career. It was so hard to dismiss Dravid that he became to be called as The Wall fondly, a wall that stood on the cricket pitch for endless hours, winning India countless matches single handily. With 13,288 runs in 164 Test matches, Dravid is fourth on the list of all-time highest run-getters. His superb record was not only limited to the longest format of the game. He boasted of an astonishing record in 50 overs as well, aggregating 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries and was also a brilliant slip fielder taking 210 catches, which is a world record. Named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2004, Dravid’s career was as illustrious as a cricketer could have.
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.
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 said it was a great honour to be inducted in ICC Hall Of Fame 2018 “alongside some of the greatest names of the men’s and women’s game from across the world and throughout the generations, players who I looked up to during my playing career and hold in great esteem.”