Former Team India captain Rahul Dravid has been formally inducted to the ICC Hall of Fame. On Thursday prior to the fifth and final match of the series between India and West Indies at Thiruvananthapuram Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar honored Dravid officially with the ICC memento in a small function just minutes before the match.
In July, this year ICC announced the names of Rahul Dravid, Australian legend Rickey Ponting and England woman cricketer Claire Taylor as the new addition to the Hall of Fame for their contribution to the world of cricket. Rahul Dravid couldn’t attend the function due to his prior engagement with the India-A side. ‘The Wall’ is the fifth Indian to be awarded the framed cap; the first four being Bishan Singh Bedi, Gavaskar himself in the inaugural year 2009, Kapil Dev in 2010 and Anil Kumble in 2015.
ICC borrowed a list of 55 yesteryear’s players from the Hall of Fame of Federation of International Cricket Players’ Association (FICA) and launched its own honoring legends like W G Grace, Don Bradman, and Richie Benaud among others. It has included 32 more players to that list since then to take the tally to 87. Seven of them are women cricketers including greats like Betty Wilson, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, and Belinda Clark. ICC laid down strict criteria for the induction into the elite fame league. It is certainly easy to be honored as one of the legends of the board. The first and foremost condition to be eligible for the Hall of Fame is the absence of a player in any kind of international matches for at least five years. This automatically removes the eligibility of the current greats as they can be considered only after five years of their retirement from International cricket. Apart from this, for each segment ICC has drawn certain selection parameter for the players to be inducted in the club.
For a batsman, it is must to record at least 8000 runs and 20 ODI hundreds in any of the two major formats of the game i.e Test cricket and One Day Internationals or should average 50 in the either. A Bowler must have more than 200 wickets in any one of the formats with strike-rate being 50 and 30 respectively. A wicketkeeper will be qualified with 200 dismissals in both or either format. A captain must have led the team in at least 25 Tests and/or 100 ODIs with a win percentage of 50 percent or more in either or both to be qualified for ICC Hall of Fame. No wonder that most of the cricket legends have already been added to the list with the criteria being so delicate. In case of yesteryear’s players who passed away, their relatives are awarded the memento. The living legends after induction take part in the selection process of the new Hall of Famers.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2018
In his sixteen years of enduring career, Rahul Dravid scored 23,208 international runs for India across formats, including 36 Test and 12 ODI centuries and a total of 146 Fifties. He scored these runs with a test average above 52 and ODI average close to 40. In 2004 He was awarded the ICC player of the year and ICC Test player of the year. He was one of the best slip fielders of all time. He took 210 catches while fielding at slip position which is still a record.
He is currently the coach of India-A and Under 19 team. The juniors are doing extremely well under the guidance of The Wall as shown by their back to back final appearance in 2016 and 2018 Under-19 World Cups. The triumph of India-A in 2018 is one of the most dominating performance by any team in any ICC event. The youngsters from those teams like Rishabh Pant, Khalil Ahmed and Prithvi Shaw who are already making lots of noise in the International cricket for people to take notice are full of praise for their ‘Dravid Sir’.
The massive numbers prove that it was just a matter of time for ICC to recognize Rahul Dravid with this coveted award and add another feather to his cap.