Rahul Dravid, always the gentleman in the game that often did not seem to be the gentlemen’s game any more, has one more feather in his already illustrious hat – he now becomes only the fifth Indian ever to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Truly some fitting recognition for the man who scored a whopping 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries. 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.
Speaking on the honour, Dravid, ever the humble man, said: “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.”
Watch his acceptance speech here: https://www.icc-cricket.com/video/769063