Legendary batsmen Rahul Dravid has been inducted in ICC Hall of Fame for his achievements. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and ClaireTaylor, the legendary England wicketkeeper-batsman, too have been added to the list.
Rahul, known as ‘The Wall’, is one of the few players who has excess of 10,000 Test runs. Speaking at the ICC ceremony, Dravid went on to thank his support group of family members, all the stakeholders in his successful career as a cricketer. He spoke through a video message after not being avaialble to attend the activity.
“My parents, my young family, my wife and two kids, my so many friends, colleagues that I have played with and played 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 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.”
“Unfortunately, I’m not there to receive this honour because of my commitments with India A and the coaching duties that I have. But once again, I’m really grateful, I’m humbled to be able to receive this honour. It’s a privilege and something that I’ll hold very dear to my heart,” he said.
Ricky Ponting too was pleased upon receiving the award.”I feel deeply honoured to be recognized by the ICC in this way. I loved every moment of my journey as a player and am so very proud of the team and personal achievements along the way.
Claire Taylor, the 42-year old who was instrumental in helping England Womens’ cricket rise up the ladder also was the beneficiary of being an inductee.