Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and Claire Taylor became the latest inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on Sunday, taking the total number up to 87.
Dravid and Ponting were two of the most impactful batsmen in the men’s game through the 2000s, both hitting more than 10,000 runs in Tests as well as ODIs.
Dravid, who also led India to rare away Test series wins in the Caribbean and England during his short stint as captain in the mid-2000s, scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries. Dravid ended his career in 2012 with 210 catches in Test cricket, which is a record.
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Ponting, who also finished up in 2012, has 13,378 runs in 168 Tests with 41 centuries and 13,704 runs in 325 ODIs with 30 centuries. He was part of three World Cup-winning Australian teams, in 1999, 2003 and 2007, the last two as the team’s captain. He is also Australia’s most successful Test captain, with 48 wins in 77 games.
Taylor, meanwhile, was one of England Women’s outstanding cricketers of the 2000s, hitting 1030 runs in 15 Tests, 4101 runs in 126 ODIs and 615 runs in 27 T20Is – this, after starting her career as a wicket-keeper who could bat. She was the Player of the Tournament at the 2009 Women’s World Cup and the 2009 Women’s World T20.
“It is a matter of great honour to be named by the ICC in the Cricket Hall of Fame,” said Dravid. “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.”
Ponting added, “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.”
Taylor, who quit the game a year before Dravid and Ponting in 2011, said, “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.”