Regarded as one of the finest cricket players of the Indian team, Kapil Dev needs no introduction! The fame and happiness that Indian cricket team earned for the country in 1983 when the team returned home with the shining World Cup Trophy is etched in everyone’s mind. And if there’s one person who deserves all the appreciation for making the dream is the man himself, the former captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Kapil Dev.
- Born on January 6, 1959, Kapil Dev had started playing cricket since the school time.
- He was given the title of ‘The Haryana Hurricane’ while he represented Haryana cricket team in domestic cricket. At the age of 20, Kapil had set a new record of scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in just one year.
- In 1975, Kapil Dev started playing in the first class cricket and in 1978 he made his Test Match debut.
- Holding the world record for a maximum number of wickets taken in Test cricket, in 1994, the legend decided to retire. He was the highest wicket-taker until the record was broken in 2000 by Courtney Walsh. He is the only player in the history of cricket to have taken 434 wickets and scored more than 5,000 runs in Tests.
- Kapil holds the record for most innings in a complete career (184) without being run out.
- He holds the record for the best bowling figures in an innings of a test match as captain(9/83) and in fact, he is the only captain to take a 9 wicket haul in a test inning.
- In 1979 Kapil Dev was awarded with the Arjun Award, Padma Shri in 1982, Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1983 and in 1991 he was honored with Padma Bhushan.
“Today if India talk of such high standards of fast bowling, I think the credit goes only to Kapil Dev because he showed that you can take wickets even in India, bowling quick,” Sunil Gavaskar had once said at a book launch event about one of the impeccable captains of Indian cricket team.