The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame represents “the achievements of the legends of cricket’s long and illustrious history”. It was launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 2 January 2009 in Dubai, in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), as part of the ICC’s centenary celebrations.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Having a record of 100 centuries in international cricket across all format (51 in test and 49 in ODI), you know who we are talking about, Sachin Tendulkar became an inspiration for many youth cricketers.
Tendulkar made his international cricket debut against Pakistan in November 1989 in Karachi. It was a test match in which Sachin made 15 runs, being bowled by Waqar Yunus who was also a debutant in that match.
He \noticed in his very first match for how he faced the bowl, bowled by best pace attack of that time. He scored his first century in 1990 against England. The “Little Master” has made 34,357 runs in all formats.
Tendulkar was also the part of 2011 world cup where India has won that after 28 years. He retired after playing 646 matches (Test-200, ODI-463 and T20I-1). These are enough reasons to call him “God of Cricket.”
2. Rahul Dravid
India’s greatest test batsman ever and no.3 in all-time great test players worldwide, yes, we are talking about Rahul Dravid, A classical batsman with an extra-ordinary defence. His 13,288 runs make him 4th in the table of highest run-scorer in the test match. His most remembered test inning is from Adelaide where he scored 233 and 72 not out.
He has also scored more than 10,000 runs in ODI format. As a skipper he led India to some rare test series wins like the Caribbean in 2006 and England (2007). He is also known as “The Wall of Cricket”.
3. Anil Kumble
A right-arm spin bowler, who took 619 wickets in test cricket 337 in ODIs and 57 in T20s, Anil Kumble is the third-highest wicket-taker in international cricket after M. Muralitharan and S. Warne. He is one of those two bowlers who ten-wicket Haul on their name. Kumble took ten wickets against Pakistan in Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, New Delhi, 1999.
He was captain of the Indian cricket team in 14 test matches. He was a part of ICC champion’s trophy 2002 in which India and Sri Lanka shared the champion’s trophy.
4. Kapil Dev
Former Indian cricketer and captain Kapil dev was the best all-rounder India has ever produced. Kapil Dev was the greatest all-round cricketer of all time along with Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee and Ian Botham.
He was India’s striker for more than 14 years took 434 wickets in test cricket which was a record at that time.
In 1983 India got its first world cup, and Kapil Dev was captaining India at that time. He is now working as a commentator. A film is also being produced on 1983 world cup featuring Ranveer Singh.
5. Bishan Singh Bedi
Bishan Singh Bedi made his international debut on 31 December 1966 in Eden Garden vs West Indies. He has been considered as the most significant conventional left-arm spinner in history. Before Anil Kumble, Bedi was India’s leading wicket-taker bowler.
He took 266 wickets in 67 test matches. Bedi was also the part of 1975 and 1979 world cup. He has a great track record in domestic cricket, with 21,560 wickets. In 1974s “Ranji Trophy” he took 64 wickets for Delhi which is a record.
6. Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar made his international debut against West Indies in Trinidad in 1971. He missed his first test debut due to an infection in his fingernail. After missing his debut match, he scored 65 and 67 in the second test, this was the first time, India wins over West Indies. In the same series and fifth test he scored 124 and 220 and led India towards the first-ever victory against West Indies.
He was the first Indian to score more than 700 runs in a series. His 774 runs inning is still the most runs scored by any batsman in a debut series. He ended his career with a magnificent figure, 10,122 test runs with avg. of 51.12 and 34 centuries.