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Legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid was formally inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Hall of Fame during the fifth ODI between India and the West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram.
Dravid is the fifth Indian player to be bestowed with the honour after Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble.
Dravid, who received his commemorative cap from Gavaskar, was named as a Hall of Fame inductee along with former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and England women’s cricketer Claire Taylor during the ICC Annual Conference in Dublin in July.
However, Dravid was unable to attend induction ceremony as he was coaching the India A team.
Upon receiving his commemorative cap, Dravid was quoted by the ICC’s website as saying: “I am honoured and delighted to have been formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in front of my home fans. This award gives me the satisfaction that I have been able to contribute to the success of the India cricket team in particular, and cricket in general.
“I am grateful to all my contemporaries, who helped and supported me during my playing days, as well as coaches and officials who guided me on the long journey. I have enjoyed each and every moment of my association with them, as together we not only set big targets but achieved most of them.”
Dravid represented India in 164 Tests, where he scored 13,288 runs, which included 36 centuries and 63 half-centuries, at an average of 52.31.
With his runs in the format, Dravid is the fourth-highest run-scorer in Test history.
He also featured in 344 ODIs and amassed 10,889 runs, which included 12 hundreds and 83 fifties, at an average of 39.16.
In regards to Twenty20 Internationals, Dravid played a single match and made 31 runs.