Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and Claire Taylor Inducted in ICC Hall of Fame
The former India skipper Rahul Dravid, ex-Australia captain, Ricky Ponting and legendary England’s wicketkeeper-batswoman, Claire Taylor got inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame recently.
Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian player to receive the prestigious honor. Subsequently, Dravid joined the likes of Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble.
In fact, Rahul Dravid was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2004 as well as the Test cricketer in the same year.
Dravid was one of the best Test batsmen.
Dravid gave his gratitude to the ICC for giving him the such a great honour. Rahul said in the video message,
“It’s a great honor and privilege to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I’m thankful to the ICC for giving me this honor. 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.
The former Indian skipper was one of the best Test players to have embraced the game. The Wall appreciated the efforts of every individual who helped him in reaching new heights in his career.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid could not be present physically to receive the honour, as he is with the India A on the tour of England.
Dravid went on to add, “Unfortunately, I’m not there to receive this honor 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 honor. It’s a privilege and something that I’ll hold very dear to my heart”.
Ponting always led Australia with aplomb.
On the other hand, Ricky Ponting was named the ICC Cricketer of the year in 2006 and 2007. He also led Australia to two World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007.
Furthermore, Ponting was also part of the 1999 World Cup winning Australian team.
“I feel deeply honored 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,” Ponting said.
Meanwhile, England’s Claire Taylor was the Player of the tournament in the ICC World Cup of 2009 and World T20. Taylor also got honoured with the ICC Hall of Fame.
“It’s a great honor to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame alongside some of the greatest names of the men’s and women’s game from across the world and throughout the generations, players who I looked up to during my playing career and hold in great esteem,” she said.
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