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Rahul Dravid Inducted Into ICC Cricket Hall Of Fame By Sunil Gavaskar

Rahul Dravid (left) with Sunil Gavaskar (right). (Source – Twitter handle of the BCCI)
Rahul Dravid (left) with Sunil Gavaskar (right). (Source – Twitter handle of the BCCI)

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Rahul Dravid Inducted Into ICC Cricket Hall Of Fame By Sunil Gavaskar

He had been named ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Player of the World in 2004.

Former India captain Rahul Dravid was formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on Thursday, ahead of the final One-Day International (ODI) between India and the West Indies at Thiruvananthapuram. Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar presided over the ceremony.

The ICC had announced his induction into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 2 July.

Known as “The Wall” due to his solid batting, he is the fifth Indian cricketer to make it to the prestigious ICC Cricket Hall of Fame list. The others are leg-spinner Anil Kumble (2015), all-rounder Kapil Dev (2010), Bishan Singh Bedi (2009), and Sunil Gavaskar (2009).

Named ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Player of the World in 2004, Dravid scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries. He hit 12 centuries and scored 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs.

A very reliable slip fielder, Dravid also holds the world record for the maximum number of catches at 210.

Reacting to his induction into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, Rahul Dravid had said, “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”.

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The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame was launched on 2 January 2009 in association with the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA), as part of the ICC’s centenary year celebrations.

The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognises the achievements of the legends of the game from cricket’s long and illustrious history.

According to the ICC website, the initial intake of inductees were the 55 players named in the FICA Hall of Fame, which ran between 1999 and 2003. This was supplemented by a select group of inductions each year, which started in 2009.

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