India’s former captain Rahul Dravid was on Thursday formally inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame becoming the fifth Indian to be named in the elite list. In a ceremony held ahead of the fifth and final One-Day International between India and West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram, Dravid was presented with the HoF cap by Sunil Gavaskar.
Dravid, also popularly known as ‘the Wall’ had been a long-standing rock of Indian cricket for over 15 years. In all, he aggregated 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries. He was also a brilliant slip fielder and finished his Test career in 2012 with 210 catches, which is a world record. He is currently the head coach of India A and India U-19 sides.
In July this year, in a ceremony in Dublin, Dravid along with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and retired England Women wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame for their achievements in the sport.
The ICC has certain criteria for cricketers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and most importantly, it has to be five years from the time of retirement for a player to be eligible to enter the elite club.
Along with Dravid the four other Indians in the list are Bishan Singh Bedi, Gavaskar and Kapil Dev who were inducted in 2009 while Anil Kumble was included in 2015.