Former India captain Rahul Dravid on Thursday (November 1) was officially inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame for his astonishing achievements in international cricket. Dravid became only the fifth Indian to receive this honour after Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble.
Minutes before the fifth and final ODI between India and West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar handed over the prestigious ‘ICC Hall of Fame’ cap to Dravid.
Taking to Twitter, BCCI posted a video of the small ceremony with a caption reading: “Rahul Dravid becomes the 5th Indian to be inducted in the @ICC Hall of Fame. Congratulations to the legend on joining a list of all-time greats across generations.”
Earlier this year, Dravid along with Australian batting legend Ricky Ponting and England women cricketer Claire Taylor were named in the ICC Hall of Fame during a glittering ceremony in Dublin.
The ICC has certain criteria for cricketers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. First and foremost, a player ought to complete five years away from cricket to be eligible to enter the club. Dravid had bid adieu from international cricket in March 2012.
As far as Dravid’s cricketing achievements are concerned – he has aggregated 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries during his 16-year long international journey.