Former Indian international cricketer and India U-19 coach, Rahul Dravid has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
Fondly called ‘The wall’, Dravid becomes the fifth Indian player to make it to the illustrious list. Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble are the other players from India who are part of ICC Hall of fame.
The Indian cricketer made his first-class debut in February 1991 against Maharashtra while playing for Karnataka scoring 82 runs in the first innings.
He scored 434 runs at an average of 48.22 during the 1991-92 first-class season.
Dravid earned a national call-up backing on his record of 968 runs at 80.66 in the 1995-96 first-class season.
He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Singapore, in April 1996.
He also made his Test debut against England at Lord’s and he scored his first century Test against South Africa at the Wanderers in 1997.
He has amassed 13,288 runs in 164 Test matches and he occupies the fourth spot on the list of highest run-scorers in Test format.
In ODIs, he is the ninth highest run-getter with 10,889 runs in 334 matches. He was honoured as the ICC Cricketer of the year in 2004 and best Test cricketer of the year.
“It is a matter of great honour to be named by the ICC in the Cricket Hall of Fame. To find your name in a list of all-time greats across generations is something one only dreams of while setting out on a cricket career and the kind of recognition that would delight any player”, Rahul Dravid said.
Dravid, currently coach of India A, wasn’t present for the occasion to receive the honour as he is currently with the team that is touring England.
Ricky Ponting of Australia and retired England woman wicket-keeper batter Claire Taylor were also inducted into the ICC Hall of fame.