Kapil Dev considered to be one of the greatest cricketing all rounder of all time. Kapil Dev is best known for leading team India to the world cup victory in 1983. He was an aggressive lower-middle order batsman who could shift the momentum of a game in minutes.


Early Life
The Haryana Hurricane Kapil Dev was born on 6 January 1959 in Chandigarh. His full name is Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj. He was born to Ram Lal Nikhanj and his wife Raj Kumari. 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's passion for the game was noticed by his family and they encouraged him to take up the game seriously. Kapil was hardly 14 when he started playing for the DAV school. He started his cricketing lessons under the guidance of Desh Prem Azad. At the age of 15, Kapil Dev was invited to attend a live-in coaching camp in Bombay, which was conducted by Hemu Adhikari, an ex India test cricketer.
Kapil Dev made his first class debut in November 1975 at the age of 17, against the Punjab. He returned with a splendid performance taking 6 wickets for just 39 runs. In his next few matches, Kapil destroyed the opposition (Jammu and Kashmir, Bengal and Services) with his lethal deliveries. This marked the arrival of one of the greatest cricketers of India and the day was not far off when Kapil would make it to the Indian team. That special day came in 1978, at Faisalabad, against Pakistan. He could not make big impression but this series saw the emergence of Kapil Dev as a talented fast bowler and all rounder.
Dev also made a mark as a hard-hitting middle-order batsman. In a 1978–79 Test series against the West Indies by making his maiden Centaury on126 balls and also taking 17 wickets. This all round performance make him something to think on for selectors.

Charismatic leadership


He was made captain during the 1982-83 season and led his team in the 1983 Prudential World Cup. India were underdogs in the tournament but under Kapil Dev’s captaincy the team punched much above its weight and went to win the world cup by defeating the mighty West Indies in the finals.
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.

Honours 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)
•    Dev received two of India’s highest civilian honours: the Padma Shri (1982) and the Padma Bhushan (1991).
•    In 2002 he was named the Indian Cricketer of the Century, and he was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

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