Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid has been officially inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame. Dravid was felicitated with a plaque depicting a commemorative cap by another Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar. The presentation ceremony was held just before the fifth and decider One-Day International between India and West Indies being played in Thiruvananthapuram on 1 November.
In the process, Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Gavaskar and Anil Kumble. The ICC had earlier announced the decision to give the ex-cricketer the honour on June 2 this year. Name of Australian great Ricky Ponting was also announced along with Dravid's. Incidentally, both displayed their extraordinary batting skills at No 3 in the batting line-up. Dravid is also the recipient of honours like Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and also the ICC Cricketer of the Year before.
Rahul Dravid is often called a legend, not just among Indian batsman, but also among the list of all-time greats of the game. He has achieved the milestone of 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIS. His tally of 13,288 runs in 164 Tests is only behind Sachin Tendulkar, Ponting and Jacques Kallis. Apart from his batting skills, Dravid was known to be among the safest fielders, taking 210 catches, which is a world record. He is currently the coach of India U-19 and India-A teams. He had won the world cup with the former, who were led by current batting sensation Prithvi Shaw. His coaching stints with Rajasthan Royals in the IPL was also appreciated with the team, mostly featuring youngsters, performing well.