Captain Kapil Dev , One of the best all rounders in the world, famous for fast bowling, fast runner, all-rounder and the only player to give India the first win in the World Cup, not only India but also made the world proud. Today, let us tell you in detail about the biography of Kapil Dev.
Kapil Dev was born on 6 January 1959 in Chandigarh. Since childhood, Kapil was so interested in cricket that he played with a hand-made bat or wooden belt. The 6-foot youngster performed brilliantly against Haryana school playing against Punjab. He took part in Ranji Trophy matches in 1975-76 and after that he was included in the Indian team visiting Pakistan in 1978. Kapil scored his first century in the fifth Test against West Indies in Delhi.
He is also one of the youngest Indian players to score a century. Kapil Dev is a fast bowler as well as a fast batsman. His specialty is to score more runs in fewer balls. He has taken more than 5000 runs and 432 wickets in his Test life. He broke Sir Richard Headley’s record of the worst wickets. At the age of 20, on 27 January 1979, he scored the highest 126 unbeaten runs against the West Indies in Delhi. He took the most wickets this year. Took 74 wickets in 17 Tests. Also scored 100 wickets and 1000 runs in 25 matches.
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Kapil Dev created a sensation by winning the 1983 World Cup. Leading the Indian cricket team on 23 February 1983, he scored an unbeaten 175 in a one-day international against Zimbabwe with 16 fours and 6 sixes, also falling for 5 wickets for 17 runs. In the Third World Cup on 25 June 1983, defeating the world winner West Indies by 43 runs, gave India the first glory of being a world winner. On 16 November 1983, he bowled the best of his life, taking 9 wickets for 83 runs. In 1986 at Kanpur Green Park, he scored 163 runs in 165 balls against Sri Lanka, which included 19 fours and 1 six.
In just 74 balls he scored a century. He made a world record by hitting 6 sixes against England in the first test of the series of three Tests of 1990. He scored 5248 runs in 131 Tests at an average of 31.05 and took eight centuries and 432 wickets at an average of 29.64 and also took 64 catches.
This all-round great player got the honor of the best cricketer of the century in 2002. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1979, Padmashri in 1982 and Padma Bhushan in 1991, for his outstanding game. Kapil Dev said goodbye to the international cricket on 2 November 1994 but he was also the coach of the Indian team. Apart from cricket, he has also been interested in playing golf and football. Undoubtedly the world’s best All Rounder. Only Kapil Dev could do the miracle of making India World Cup winner for the first time.
Kapil Dev Life at a Glance
|Full Name||Kapil Dev Ram Lal Nikhanj|
|Date of Birth||January 6, 1959 (Year 59)|
|Birth Place||Chandigarh, Punjab|
|Wife||Romi Bhatia (Marriage 1980)|
|Daughter||Amiya Dev (born 16 January 1996)|
|Batting||With the right hand|
|Bowling||Right-handed fast bowling|
|Countries (for which played)||India (1978–1995)|
|Test debut||16 October 1978 (against Pakistan)|
|Final test||19 March 1994 (against New Zealand)|
|ODI debut||1 October 1978 (against Pakistan)|
|Last one day||17 October 1994 (against West Indies)|
|Home teams (for which played)|
|One day career|
|1983||Wisden Cricketer of the Year|
|2002||Wisden Indian Cricketer of Century|
|2010||Assi Cricket Hall of Fame|
|2013||Living legend by NDTV|