Kapil Dev's profile


Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj is a former leading cricketer and captain of the Indian national cricket team. He was born on 6th January 1959 in Chandigarh. He is better known from his short name as Kapil Dev. He was famously known from his nickname "Haryana Hurricane".

Kapil Dev was right handed batsman and right arm fast medium bowler. He was valued as one of the greatest cricket players and all rounder for all time.

He debuted the Test Cricket with a match played against Pakistan at Faisalabad in the year 1978. During the 3rd Test match played at Karachi, he scored the fasted half-century made by any Indian cricketer off just 33 balls.

Kapil’s One Day International (ODI) debut was made on 1st of October 1978 in a match played against Pakistan at Quetta. He scored 13 runs and took 1 wicket giving 27 runs in the match. He made his last one day international debut against West Indies in year 1994.

Kapil Dev had great skills of aggressive bating, and he was a main strike bowler through most of his careers. He captained India winning cricket world cup of the year 1983. He has operated as coach to the Indian cricket team for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000, but resigned after match fixing allegations were imposed upon him.

In his Test Cricket career, Kapil Dev played 131 Test matches in which he scored 5248 runs with a Batting Average of 31.05 runs. His highest score was 163 runs. As far as bowling is concerned, he took 434 wickets in the Test Cricket, and gave away 12867 runs with an average of 29.64 runs.

Kapil played 225 ODI matches throughout his career, and scored 3783 runs with an average of 23.79 runs, his highest score being 175 not out. He took 252 wickets, and gave 6945 runs with an average of 27.45 runs in his ODI career.

Kapil Dev wedded to Romi in the year 1980, and they have a daughter Amiya Dev.

Kapil Dev awarded "Indian Cricketer of the Century" by Wisden in the year 2002. He was radically noted for his right arm pace bowling and exceptional out swinger.

He broke Richard Hadlee's record of 431 wickets in Test cricket and scored first ODI century by an Indian. Kapil Dev played an excellent role in difficult situations and helped to the Indian cricket team to attack against opponent.

He has been conferred upon with Arjuna Award, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards by the Government of India.

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