One of the finest most All-rounder India has ever produce Kapil Dev was known for his energetic action and lethal outswingers which took the ball away from the right handers. With the bat, he was an aggressive lower-middle order batsman who could shift the momentum of a game in minutes. On the field, he was known for his inspirational leadership (often by example) and athletic fielding.His records and achievements made India for the very first time to hold a World Cup. All these qualities made him the only player in the history of the game to have taken 400 wickets and scored more than 5000 runs in Test cricket, making him one of the all-time best all-rounders of the game. In this article we will define and elaborate about his career, more.
Kapil Dev Life history:
His full name is Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj. He was born to Ram Lal Nikhanj and his wife Raj Kumari on 6 January 1959. His father was a building and timber contractor. Basically from Rawalpindi, his parents had migrated to Chandigarh, India during the partition in 1947.He went to the DAV School and later attended St. Edward’s School in Shimla.He started playing cricket as a school boy and was selected to play for Haryana in domestic cricket. Kapil Dev made his debut for Haryana in November 1975 against their neighbors Punjab and impressed with a debut 6/39 innings haul, restricting Punjab to just 63 runs and helping Haryana to a victory. However, Kapil finished the season with only 12 wickets in 3 matches.
Kapil made his Test cricket debut on 16 October 1978 in Faisalabad against Pakistan.He was fail to show what he is capable of and his batting as well as bowling flops and he was unable to produce what selectors want from him.
after a few more matches that his impact began to be felt when he struck the fastest half- century on just33 balls. Although team india lost the match as well as series (2-0).also read about the life history of rahul dravid
He showcase his talent against the visitors WestIndies bymaking his maiden Centaury on126 balls and also taking 17 wickets. This allround performance make him something to think on for selectors.
Kapil Dev established himself as India’s premier fast bowler when he took two 5-wicket hauls and ended the home series against Australia with 28 wickets and also 212 runs that included a half-century. Kapil Dev gained fame in the 6-Test home series against Pakistan in the 1979–80 season when he led India to 2 victories against the visitors,once with the bat (69) at Wankhede Stadium, Bombay and the second time with bat and ball (10-wicket haul in match – 4/90 in the first innings and 7/56 in the second innings, 84 in 98 balls with his bat) at Chepauk, Madras. Kapil rates his all-round performance in this match as his best bowling effort in his career, and his second innings figure of 7/56 was his best to date. During the series, he also became the youngest Test player to achieve the all-round double of 100 Wickets and 1000 Runs and in 25 matches and finished the series with 32 wickets and 278 runs. also read about the life history records and acheviements of shahid afridi
He was made captain during the 1982-83 season and led his team in the 1983 World Cup. India were underdogs in the tournament but under Kapil Dev’s charismatic leadership the team punched much above its weight and went to win the world cup by defeating the mighty West Indies in the finals.
After his stellar performance, he was retained as captain for the 1987 World Cup 1987. India played well initially and reached the semi-finals where they lost to England. Kapil Dev left captaincy after this.
He played his last World Cup in 1992 under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin. As a senior bowler he mentored new talents like Javagal Srinath and Manoj Prabhakar.He retired in 1994 as the highest wicket taker for that time, with a haul of 434 wickets.He became the coach of the Indian team in 1999 but his stint as a coach was not successful. He resigned in 2000 following some controversy.
Kapil Dev Records and Achievements:
- In 1988, Kapil overtook Joel Garner to become the highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket. His final career tally of 253 wickets remained a record until it was broken by Wasim Akram in 1994.
- According to the ICC cricket ratings for all-rounders in ODI cricket, Kapil’s peak rating of 631 is the highest rating ever achieved. He reached this mark on 22 March 1985 after a World Series final against Pakistan in Australia.
- In early 1994, he became the highest Test wicket-taker in the world, breaking the record held by Sir Richard Hadlee. Kapil’s record was broken by Courtney Walsh in 1999..
- Kapil is the only player to have achieved the all-rounder’s double of 4,000 Test runs and 400 Test wickets.
- Kapil holds the record for the most innings in a complete career (184) without being run out.
- He is the youngest test cricketer to take 300 wickets( 27 years, 2 days)
- He was honored with Padma Shri—India’s fourth highest civilian award—in 1982
- Kapil Dev is best known for leading the team India to a World Cup victory in 1983.
- At one time he held the world record as the highest wicket taker in the test cricket, with a total haul of 434 wickets.
- In 1991, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India.
- Kapil Dev is the recipient of several cricketing awards including the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002.