Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be included in the ICC hall of fame and Ricky Ponting was named the 25th Australian in this list. Claire Taylor became the third player to be included in this list. She is former English skipper for women’s cricket team. She became the seventh woman player worldwide to become the Hall of Famer.
The Chief Executive of ICC, David Richardson said that”The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is our way of honoring the greats of our game. Only the very best players in the world are recognized 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.”
Rahul Dravid said,”It is a matter of great honor to be named by the ICC in the Cricket Hall of Fame. 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”,
“I’m thankful to my near and dear ones as well as players I have played with and against, coaches and officials who have backed me over the years and helped me develop as a cricketer. I would also like to thank the KSCA and the BCCI for all the support over the years and the ICC for recognizing my achievements and picking me in this group of Hall of Fame inductees,” he added.
Ricky Ponting said “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. These would not have been possible without the help of so many people including my teammates, coaches and support staff that played such an integral part in my playing career. I would like to especially thank my family for their constant support and direction. Honours like this are just as much for them as it is for me,”
Claire Taylor expressed her excitement saying “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,”
“I would like to thank everyone who helped me achieve my dreams of success with England, particularly my parents for their support from my early days in the game, Mark Lane for his coaching wisdom, the ECB for their support of the national team, my team-mates and support staff and my colleagues at SUMS Consulting, for their flexibility and confidence that I could deliver success both on and off the field over the last five years of my international cricket career.”
Both the former Indian and Australian captains scored more than 10,000 runs in the test cricket and ODIs as well. Dravid scored 13,288 runs in 164 tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries. He was named the player of the year for the year 2004 in ICC test and ODI ratings. He played one T20I and ended his test career in 2012. He picked 212 catches as well.
Ricky Ponting scored 13,278 runs in 168 test matches with 41 centuries and slammed 13,704 runs in 325 ODIs with 30 hundreds. He is the captain of Australia which bagged 2003, 2007 world cups and 2011 world cup. He was named the ICC player of the year in 2006, 2007 and ICC best ODI player in 2007. He ended his cricket career in 2012. He played 17 T20Is and led the Australian team in 26 successful series along with ICC champions trophy 2006 and 2009.
Claire Taylor scored 103 runs from 15 test matches, and from 126 ODIs she scored 4,101 runs. She scored 656 runs from 21 T20Is. She was named the ICC player of the year in 2009. Her average was more than 40 in all the formats. She picked 18 catches in ODIs and picked 41 catches and did 5 stumpings in T20Is along with 12 catches and 2 stumpings in test matches.