Former India captain our own Bengalurean Rahul Dravid was officially inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame. Cricketer Rahul Dravid was presented with the memento by the legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar at the Greenfield International Stadium.
Only the very best players in the world are recognized for their contribution to cricket in this way. 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.
It was first announced in July that Dravid would be inducted from India into the ICC Hall of Fame. Bengalorean Rahul Dravid became the 87th player and fifth Indian to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame on 1st November 2018.
Team India are playing the final ODI against the Windies in Thiruvananthapuram and ahead of the start of the match, Dravid was presented with the framed cap.
The elite four Indians who were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame prior to Dravid are:
Sunil Gavaskar (1971-1987) – inducted in 2009
Bishan Singh Bedi (1966-1979) – inducted in 2009
Kapil Dev (1978-1994) – inducted in 2010
Anil Kumble (1990-2008) – inducted in 2015
Dravid, also popularly known as ‘the Wall’ had been a long-standing rock of Indian cricket for over 15 years. He has been the “conscience of Indian cricket” in the international arena. Dravid, who played just one Twenty20 International, was a brilliant slip fielder and finished his Test career in 2012 with 210 catches, which is a world record.
In 2004, Dravid was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year. Dravid has scored 23, 208 international runs for India across formats, including 48 hundreds and 146 fifties. He has scored the runs at an average of 45.41.
He is currently the head coach of India A and India U-19 sides.
Congratulations Rahul Dravid. Every Bengalurean is proud of you.