Wellington - Former captains Rahul Dravid of India and Australia's Ricky
Ponting have been inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame together with
England women's wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor, the world governing body
said on Monday.
Dravid and Ponting both scored more than 10 000 runs in
Tests and one-day internationals for their respective nations. They and Taylor
were given the honours at a glittering ceremony in Dublin on Sunday.
"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," International Cricket Council chief
executive Dave Richardson said.
Dravid became only the fifth player from India to be
included in the list after Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev and
Ponting is the 25th from Australia while Taylor is the
seventh woman overall and the third from England to be named in the list.
The 45-year-old Dravid, who amassed 13 288 runs in 164 Tests
with 36 centuries, is now mentoring Indian youngsters as coach of India 'A' and
the Under-19 side.
Ponting, 43, ended his career in 2012, accumulating 13 378
runs in 168 Tests with 41 centuries and 13 704 runs in 325 ODIs with 30