When we think of some of the greatest Indian cricketers to have ever stepped on to the field, Rahul Dravid is a name which comes instantly to our minds. Dravid was a batsman who tested the patience of every bowler with solid defensive abilities and skillful stroke-play. He was not an aggressive batsman but had the ability to change the situation of a match single-handedly.
The right-handed genius excelled in all formats of the game but he is arguably the greatest Indian cricketer as far as the longest format of the game is concerned. His technical abilities were second to none and his calm and composed attitude on and off the field have influenced many other young cricketers.
He was also a former skipper of the Indian national team and his records with the willow speak volumes about how stylish he was when on the field.
Now, the talismanic cricketer has been rewarded for his stupendous achievements in international cricket as he has been inducted to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
The Wall is now in The Hall 👏🏼
Congrats Rahul Dravid on being inducted into The @ICC Hall Of Fame 👏🏼 Another feather on your cap 😊 Here’s to many more 👍 #ICCHallofFame #RahulDravid #TheWall #Cricket pic.twitter.com/FFiWyVr2RY
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Dravid is only the 5th Indian player to make the list and it is something to be proud of. Former Indian skippers Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009, while Anil Kumble was included in 2015.
Dravid was quoted as saying in an ICC media release:
“It is a matter of great honour to be named by the ICC in the Cricket Hall of Fame. To find your name in a list of all-time greats across generations is something one only dreams of while setting out on a cricket career and the kind of recognition that would delight any player.
“I am thankful to my near and dear ones as well as players I have played with and against, coaches and officials who have backed me over the years and helped me develop as a cricketer.
“I would also like to thank the KSCA and the BCCI for all the support over the years and the ICC for recognizing my achievements and picking me in this group of Hall of Fame inductees.”
Finally, the man got what he deserved. Rahul Dravid, take a bow.