Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid on 1 July (Sunday) become fifth Indian cricketer to be inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) hall of fame. Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble have been the only four Indians on that prestigious list so far.

Dravid was inducted into the list along with Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting and England women’s cricket batting great Claire Taylor. Rahul Dravid, who is also the fourth highest run-getter in the longest format of the game, has scored 13,288 runs in 164 Test matches.

“It’s a great honour and privilege to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I’m thankful to the ICC for giving me this honour. 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,” Rahul Dravid said in a video message.

“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,” Dravid concluded.

India’s Mr Dependable Rahul Dravid, who is also currently the head coach of India ‘A’ team, was not present on the occasion to receive the honour.