Another three brilliant players were recently inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during a glittering ceremony in Dublin on Sunday. These three players are none other than Rahul Dravid of India, Ricky Ponting, of Australia and retired England woman wicketkeeper-batter, Claire Taylor. Dravid became the 5th players to be selected for the hall of fame from India, while Ponting is the 25th player from Australia and Taylor is overall the seventh woman and the third female player from England to be named in the list.
Ponting and Dravid have managed to score more than 10,000 runs in ODI and Test matches. Dravid gathered 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries and was also named the ICC cricketer of the year in 2004 as well along with the ICC Test Player of the Year. Dravid was also an excellent slip fielder and finished his Test career in 2012 with 210 catches, making the world record.
Ponting, like Dravid, ended his career in 2012, scoring 13,378 runs in 168 Tests with 41 centuries and 13,704 runs in 325 ODIs with 30 centuries. He too was named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and as the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2006. He captained the Australian team and lead them to a record of 26 successive undefeated ICC cricket world cup matches from 2003 to 2011.
Taylor scored 103 runs in 15 Tests, 4,101 runs in 126 ODIs and 615 runs in 21 T20Is, was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2009. She ended her career with an average of more than 40 in tests and ODIs.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson says: “The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is our way of honoring the greats of our game. Only the very best players in the world are recognized for their contribution to cricket in this way and I would like to congratulate Rahul, Ricky, and Claire who are wonderful additions to the list of cricketing luminaries in the Hall of Fame.”
When asked, Rahul Dravid says, “It is a matter of great honor 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.”
Ponting too commented saying, “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. These would not have been possible without the help of so many people including my teammates, coaches and support staff that played such an integral part in my playing career. I would like to especially thank my family for their constant support and direction. Honors like this are just as much for them as it is for me.”
“It’s a great honour 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,” adds Claire Taylor.