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Kapil Dev Biography

Kapil Devs Biography

Indian cricket legend, Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj, famous as Kapil Dev, was born on January 06, 1959 in Chandigarh. Kapil Dev biography denotes him more with captainship of Indian cricket team in 1983 Cricket World Cup win. Named Indian Cricketer of the Century by Wisden in 2002 makes Kapil Dev profile vibrant. Serving India’s national cricket coach since October 1999 to August 2000 is best of Kapil Dev achievements. It is not easy to sum Kapil Dev records though. 

India’s Cricket Legend:

Distinctions are many that make Kapil Dev profile inspirational. His attribute of right-arm pace bowler, wonderful action and amazing outswinger turned him main strike bowler of India. It reflected in his entire career making Kapil Dev biography now. Natural striker batsman cum aggressive player is few unique features that keep Kapil Dev achievements outstanding in cricket history. Kapil Dev records are so many for transforming failures into wins.

Cricketing History:

Kapil Dev achievements in Haryana and national team are worthwhile. Kapil Dev records for maximum number of wickets taken in Test cricket and highest wicket taker of India in ODIs are worldwide famed. Kapil Dev profile is distinct with him being only cricketer in the world to have achieved taking more than 400 wickets. Scoring more than 5,000 runs in Tests make him apart and these records big additions in Kapil Dev biography.

Success welcomed him since his debut in Haryana cricket in 1975. Best performance in 1976–77 and selection for Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Wills Trophy matches paved the way for more Kapil Dev achievements. Entry into Test cricket in Faisalabad (Pakistan) on October 16, 1978, offered chance to showcase all-rounder talent which redefined Kapil Dev profile especially after scoring India's fastest Test half-century. Kapil Dev records are of his role as India's premier fast bowler. Perhaps Kapil Dev biography would be hollow if his induction into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 8 March 2010 is not added.  


Debuting as India's captain in 1982–83, outstanding performance in 1983 World Cup, and retained captain for 1987 Cricket World Cup are Kapil Dev achievements. They are crucial details for Kapil Dev biography. Recognitions and rewards enhanced Kapil Dev profile into one that make history. Some outstanding Kapil Dev records are as follows:-

  • Nominated Chairman of National Cricket Academy in October 2006
  • Only Asian founding member of Laureus Foundation in 2000
  • Arjuna Award—1979–80
  • Padma Shri—1982
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year—1983
  • Padma Bhushan—1991
  • Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century--2002  
  • ICC Cricket Hall of Fame—2010

Personal Life:

Kapil Dev married Romi Bhatia in 1980. His daughter, Amiya Dev was born on January 16, 1996. He plays golf after retiring from cricket in 1994. He has written three autobiographies—“By God's Decree” (1985), “Cricket My Style” (1987) and “Straight from the Heart” (2004).


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