The three names were added to the collection during a glittering ceremony held in Dubai on Sunday.
Dravid became only the fifth India player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame while Ponting became the 25th Australia cricketer to do so. Meanwhile, Taylor became the seventh female cricketer to be a part of the exclusive club.
“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,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said during the ceremony.
Dravid, now the coach of India ‘A’, expressed his pride at being given the honour.
“It is a matter of great honour 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”, Dravid stated.
“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 (Karnataka State Cricket Association) and the BCCI for all the support over the years and the ICC for recognising my achievements and picking me in this group of Hall of Fame inductees,” the Indian batting stalwart added.
Both Ponting and Dravid have scored more than 10,000 runs in Tests as well as ODIs. Dravid, who retired from the game in 2012, notched up 13,288 runs in 164 Tests for India with the help of 36 centuries. In ODIs, he scored 10,889 runs in 344 matches with the help of 12 tons.
Famously known as ‘The Wall’ for his ability to whether down any bowling attack, Dravid was named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the Test Player of the Year in 2004. Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble are the other Indians in the ICC Hall of Fame.
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