Rahul Dravid, the legendary India batsman, became the latest inductee into the ICC Hall of Fame. Dravid, on Sunday (July 1), became the fifth Indian after Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble to make the illustrious list of cricketers.
With 13,288 runs in 164 Test matches, Dravid occupies the fourth spot on the list of highest run-getters in the five-day format while he’s placed ninth on the overall run-scorers chart in ODIs with 10,889 runs in 344 games. Dravid was also the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2004 along with being named the best Test cricketer for the same year.
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.”
Dravid, who’s currently in England as coach of the India A team, wasn’t there in person when his inclusion in the Hall of Fame was announced by the ICC. “Unfortunately, I’m not there to receive this honour because of my commitments with India A and the coaching duties that I have. But once again, I’m really grateful, I’m humbled to be able to receive this honour. It’s a privilege and something that I’ll hold very dear to my heart,” he said.
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