NEW DELHI: India’s batting legend Rahul Dravid was on Thursday officially inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame minutes before the fifth and final ODI of the series between India and West Indies at Thiruvananthapuram.
The BCCI tweeted a video of the small ceremony, where another Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar handed over the framed cap to Dravid.
Dravid is currently in charge of India U-19 and India A teams as coach.
In July this year at a ceremony in Dublin, the ICC announced Rahul Dravid, Australian legend Ricky Ponting and retired England woman wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor as the new inductees into the ICC Hall of Fame for their stupendous achievements in international cricket.
Dravid became only the fifth player from India to be named in the elite list. Former Indian skippers Bishan Singh Bedi, Gavaskar and Kapil Dev were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009, while Anil Kumble was included in 2015.
“It is a matter of great honour to be named by the ICC in the Cricket Hall of Fame,” Dravid was quoted as saying in a July press release of the ICC.
“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,” he had said.
Dravid scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs, including 12 centuries. In 2004, he was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Player of the Year.
He was also one of the best slip fielders the game has seen and finished his Test career in 2012 with 210 catches, which is still a world record.