Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on Sunday. He became only the fifth Indian to receive the honor, after Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble.
He was inducted in the hall of fame along with former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and England women cricketer Claire Taylor.
Dravid received congratulatory messages from everyone but the most special one came from Sachin Tendulkar. The two used to be India's batting strength during their days.
The 331 run partnership vs New Zealand at Hyderabad among them in 1999 is still fresh in the memory of fans. Dravid had scored 153 in 153 balls and Sachin 186* off 150 balls in the match.
"Congratulations, Rahul Dravid. The wall is finally in the HALL???? Much deserved," wrote Sachin.
Dravid, who is currently with India A in England, thanked everyone from his kids to colleagues in a video.
“It’s a great honor and privilege to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I’m thankful to the ICC for giving me this honor. 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 fulfill 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 said.