The Wall in the Hall

On Sunday 2nd July, former Indian cricketer and captain Rahul Dravid was inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame along with Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting and English cricketer Claire Taylor. By achieving this feat, Dravid has become the 5th Indian cricketer to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame after Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble.

“The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is our way of honouring the greats of our game. Only the very best players in the world are recognised for their contribution to cricket in this way and I would like to congratulate Rahul, Ricky and Claire who are wonderful additions to the list of cricketing luminaries in the Hall of Fame,” said the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

Dravid, popularly known as “The Wall” , has arguably been one of the greatest test batsmen with a record of 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries, Dravid is the 4th highest run scorer in the said format. More than his centuries he has been applauded and appreciated for his modest and generous attitude, his demeanour and his commitment towards the game.

While describing Dravid’s conduct, Australian great Brett Lee said, “If you don’t get along with Dravid, you are struggling in life”, Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle described Dravid’s selflessness by saying, “That is how Rahul Dravid is. You tell him he played well and he will tell you somebody else played well too. I don’t know if he is a human being. How can a human being be so selfless?”

Sachin Tendulkar, tweeted “Congratulations, Rahul Dravid. The wall is finally in the HALL. Much deserved.” Dravid and Tendulkar have been one of the most successful Test pairs of the Indian Cricket, with a partnership statistics of 6920 runs with an average of 50.51 and more than 20 centuries between them.

Dravid on a video message 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 fulfill my dreams.”

“My parents, my family, my wife and two kids, my so many friends, colleagues that I have played with and 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, 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 was the coach of the Under-19 cricket team has also been credited with the team’s victory in the World Cup. He is currently the coach of the India A team, who are touring England.

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