Yesterday was good news for Indian cricket when Rahul Dravid, the former Indian captain, was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Along with Dravid, the Australian ex-skipper Ricky Pointing was also honored. Rahul often dubbed as "The Wall" for his ability to hold one end up against the opposition became the fifth Indian player to be inducted into this elite category. The other four are Bishen Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble and Mohammed Azharuddin. Times Now has reported that Rahul has expressed his happiness at his elevation.

Rahul Dravid

The elevation of Rahul Dravid in ICC Hall of fame is justified. Dravid made his debut against England two decades back and hit 95. He has not looked back after that and is now the fourth greatest run-getter in test cricket history. Rahul hit 13,288 runs in test cricket and in addition, has over 10,000 runs in the one day format of the game. He never played 20-20 cricket.

Rahul Dravid is the fifth cricketer from India to have his name inscribed in the Hall of Fame. However, there is a bit of controversy. As reported by the Financial Express, the man who is considered the numero uno of Indian test and one day cricket Sachin Tendulkar has not found a place in the ICC Hall of fame. Tendulkar, as is well known, played 200 test matches and holds the world record of the most one day and test centuries.

It does raise eyebrows as to how he is excluded for membership of the Hall of fame when lesser players have found a place.

His game

Dravid was a good player particularly in the longer format of the game. He was, however, not a fast scorer and his slow batting was not really helpful for a team trying to win a test match. On the credit side, it must be mentioned that on numerous occasions he saved test matches for India with his strong defense and obdurate batting.

Opposing bowlers had a difficult time to get past his defenses.

Indian captain

Dravid also captained India. Though he won series against England and West Indies, he lacked the dash and elan associated with an aggressive skipper. He raised a lot of questions when in a test match against Pakistan with Tendulkar on 194 not out and neared a double century; he declared the innings closed.

Last word

Dravid will be remembered as a correct and classical player. He was also a thorough gentleman and is presently the coach of the Indian A team, an assignment that he has held very well. People will always remember the time when he and Laxman held the Indian batting together in Austraila under Ganguly.