Australia’s Ricky Ponting, India’s Rahul Dravid, and England’s Claire Taylor were recently inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Dublin. The honor is conferred on greatest player to have played the game through the history. Dravid also became the fifth player from India to be inducted into Cricket Hall of Fame. Former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting also became the 25th player from Australia to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
England’s Claire Taylor became the seventh woman in history to be inducted into Cricket Hall of Fame. The players were chosen a panel of great legendary cricketers and media personnel.
ICC began Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009 with the help of Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA). They are currently 84 players, who have been inducted into the Hall of fame since its inception in 2009.
ICC CEO Dave Richardson also sent his heartfelt congratulations for the three players inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at Dublin. He stated that this is no better way of recognizing cricketing greats for their invaluable contribution to their respective countries.
Rahul Dravid was awarded ICC Test Player of the Year in 2004. He also won the ICC Cricketer of the Year. He has scored over 23,000 runs in both the formats of the game since making his debut for India in 1996.
Former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting won the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2006 and 2007. He also won the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2006. Ponting has played in four World Cup finals for Australia. He led Australia to back-to-back World Cup triumphs in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Ponting also helped Australia win ICC Champions Trophy crown in 2006 and 2009. He scored almost 27,000 runs in both the formats of the game since making his debut in 1995.
Claire Taylor also won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Yea in 2009. It was also mesmerizing batting performances that saw her win Player of the competition in Women’s World Cup 2009 in Australia. Taylor also helped England lift World T20 in that same year. She was a premier batsman for England in both the formats of the game.