In this day and age of social media, a gaffe can’t go unnoticed. It always ends up causing a major uproar or outrage. One, which forces the under-fire organization to correct the mistake. Recently, the International Cricket Council drew the irk of social media when they wrongfully referred to former Indian captain Rahul Dravid as a left-handed batsman in their official Hall of Fame page.
The embarrassing gaffe caused a major furor on social media with the fans calling out the callousness of the International Cricket Council. For the uninitiated, the concept of inducting players who have made a substantial impact game in a club named: Hall of Fame was conceived by cricket’s apex organization in 2009.
For a player to be eligible for induction in the coveted club, he should have retired from international cricket for five years. Which is why former Indian captain Rahul Dravid, who retired in January 2012, was announced as the Hall of Fame’s new entrant as soon as the five-year cooling period came to an end alongside Ricky Ponting and former English Women stalwart Claire Taylor last year.
Following the embarrassing gaffe where they had referred Dravid as “BATTING: LEFT HANDED,” fans were left fuming and took to Twitter to vent their angst on the ICC.
@ICC @ICCMediaComms …ICC are u drunk ? Or high on what ?? When did Rahul Dravid bat left handed !! A world governing body can't get facts right of a legend ! #RahulDravid pic.twitter.com/62rXaGv0T7
— Deric Gladson (@dericgladson) September 20, 2019
Hey @ICC Hall of Famer Rahul Dravid is a right handed batsman please correct this error. pic.twitter.com/FDRBry1o8P
— Prashant Sharma (@the_wimpy_kid18) September 20, 2019
##shame on you @ICC . After 16 years of International cricket, 13,288 test runs with 36 centuries and 63 half centuries, 10889 ODI runs with 12 centuries and 83 half centuries you did not even know that, Rahul Dravid is right hand Or Left hand batsman!!!!
— samir rout (@businessodisha) September 20, 2019
@ICC the disappointing thing I saw on Hall of Fame is #RahulDravid sir being mentioned as a left hand batsman. @BCCI it would be good if you can take care of such silly mistakes. pic.twitter.com/XCwUe5Xuhe
— DIVAKAR N SARVESH (@divakar_sarvesh) September 20, 2019
ICC rectifies the embarrassing gaffe
The International Cricket Council has now corrected its mistake and updated the same on their official website. Dravid, who racked up 13,288 runs in 164 Tests and 36 tons and another 10,889 runs across 344 ODIs was announced as the newest Hall of Fame entrant on 2nd July 2018 but it was only before the 5th ODI between India and the West Indies in October, that he was provided with the memento by fellow member Sunil Gavaskar.
Dravid, at the time, was the 5th Indian to be inducted in the club after Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi (all in 2009) and Anil Kumble (2015). But earlier this year, the ICC announced that they would induct Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the Hall of Fame, taking the tally of Indian members to six. Alongside Sachin Tendulkar, former South African fast bowler Alan Donald and two-time World Cup-winning Australian cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick also received the honor in 2019.
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