Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj is one of the most divine players in Indian cricket history. He was born on the 6th of January, 1959. He was a fast bowler and a hard-hitting batsman; He is being addressed as “The Haryana Hurricane”. This is so because he has fetched uncountable wins for the Indian cricket team with his magnificent batting and bowling skills. No one could ever beat him ever since. His career history has been amazing. He was also named “Wisden” in 2002 by his teammates and fans.
Since you must be wondering about the starring career of Kapil Dev so let’s have a look at the cricket journey of the Haryana Hurricane with the help of cricket news now:
Starting from scratch he played for Haryana against Punjab and made his impressive debut in 1975. He left everyone dumbstruck by his gameplay and won by 63 runs giving Haryana its victory. He ended that season by taking 121 wickets in a total of 30 matches. With his quickness and bouncers that frequently impacted their helmets, he astonished the opponent batters.
In the 1976–77 season opener, in the second innings, Dev amassed his then-best innings performance of 8/20 in only 9 overs to defeat Bengal for 58 runs in under 19 overs. Achieving 23 wickets in 4 matches, he just made a difference. Acquiring new heights every time he rises every day just like he was meant for it. He was unstoppable. Every news and report started publishing about him. Soon he emerged as a star of the new times.
In the 1978–79 seasons, in the pre-quarterfinal match of Haryana versus Bengal, Kapil scored 2 half-centuries in group stage matches. Moreover, he took a 5-wicket haul in the first innings. His performance was well appreciated in the finals of the Duleep Trophy extending his chances of getting the Deodhar Trophy and the Wills Trophy. His energy startled everyone at the stadium.
The session 1979–80 was a breakthrough as Kapil made his career-best 193 by his batting talent against Delhi. In the pre-quarterfinal match, he became the captain of the Haryana cricket team and achieved success by scoring a five-wicket haul in the 2nd innings to advance to the quarterfinals.
While he was forming his place on the Indian National squad team, his appearances in domestic matches just gradually started decreasing.
Then came the most awaited session of the decade, the 1990–91 Ranji season where everyone started keeping their expectations on Kapil Dev. Haryana made it into the semi-finals of the competition where Kapil took a center position against Bengal. There he made the highest runs of 603 and took down Bengal. In the end, Haryana captured the final 6 wickets for 102 runs after Tendulkar was out, leaving Vengsarkar and Bombay stranded 3 runs short of the mark. That was unquestionably a spectacular match to watch. Then Dev won his maiden along with the Ranji Trophy championship.
Kapil Dev also played county cricket in England Northamptonshire from 1981-1983 and for Worcestershire during the 1984 and 1985 seasons which were a great feat for Indian cricketers at that time. In total, he played 40 first-class matches in his county stint.
Dev rated his all-around performance in the 6-Test home series against Pakistan match as his career best and his second innings figure of 7/56 was his best up to that date.
- He was also rewarded with Irani Trophy, Wills Trophy, and the famous and reputed Duleep Trophy.
- Being voted as India’s Cricketer of the Century in 2002 after watching his amazing gameplay.
- Has played a total of 225 matches in ODI format.
- In one-day international matches, he took 253 wickets in all 225 games.
- He is the first player in the world to possess 400 Test wickets, 4000 Test runs, and an all-double rounder in an international test match.
- Have the record for scoring the most innings (184)
- Kapil Dev established himself as India’s premier fast bowler after taking down two 5-wicket hauls and ended the home series with 28 wickets against the Australian team
- Received two of India’s highest civilian honors: the Padma Shri Award (1982) and then the Padma Bhushan (1991).
- Became the chairman of India’s National Cricket Academy in October 2006.
- He joined the upstart Indian Cricket League (ICL) in May 2007.
- The Indian Government recognized his endeavors by rewarding with the most eminent Arjuna Award.
After surpassing Richard Hadlee’s previous record for most Test wickets taken, he announced his retirement in 1994. After that Kapil Dev was given the position of coach in the Indian national cricket team in 1999 for almost 10 months. Dev resigned from his post as the national coach amid the height of Manoj Prabhakar’s allegations of match-fixing on him.
Kapil Dev was made the Captain of the Indian Cricket team in the World cup championship in the 1982-1983 seasons. He brushed aside his newly formed strategies and led by illustration as a leader. He first played against Sri Lanka where they showed great performance. Then in the finals, Dev aided in the victory of India. Under the captaincy and leadership of the great Kapil Dev, the Indian cricket team won its first-ever world cup on 25 June 1983 by defeating West Indies by 43 runs all around.
Not only did he show his famous batting and bowling skills but also plays mindfully as a captain in all matches. He was no doubt an optimistic person who led to uncountable victories. He certainly made a huge contribution in bringing the world cup to India. Possessing kind and generous nature with great sportsmanship he won the hearts of billions.
He has proven his prominence in the game many a times. Undoubtedly he has made his name in cricket by investing ages in it. What could be more fascinating than having such kind of players on our team? He has definitely been a role model and inspiration for today’s youth.
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