Legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid, Former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting and English keeper-batsman Claire Taylor have been inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame.
Cricket has become so popular because of the numerous fans that follow it with all heart and passion yes. But that comes a close second to the years of blood and sweat that the players give to the game. One must try his best to let these cricketers know how important they are to the game by recognizing their efforts time and again.
In one such endeavour, the International cricket Council inducted batsman Rahul Dravid, Former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting and English keeper-batsman Claire Taylor to the ICC Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Dublin on Sunday night.
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On the occasion, ICC chief executive David Richardson said,”The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is our way of honouring the greats of our game. Only the very best players in the world are recognised 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.”
All three legends of the game were deeply humbled by the hounour and expressed their gratitude for the same.
“I feel deeply honoured to be recognised 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,” Ponting said.
Dravid too echoed Ponting’s sentiments and said, “It is a matter of great honour to be named by the ICC in the Cricket Hall of Fame,” Dravid said. “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.”
Taylor is only the seventh women’s player to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. “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,” said the Women’s World Cup winning Captain and one of the tallest figures in Women cricket.