On January 6, 1959, India’s greatest all-rounder and Captain Kapil Dev was born today. Kapil Dev is definitely one of India’s most successful captains. Kapil Dev has been out of the cricket from last two decades but his figures are still as good as he was as all-rounder.
Wishing @therealkapildev Paaji a very very happy birthday.🎂✌️ You always have been an inspiration and will continue to do so. May God bless you always.
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 6, 2018
Only Cricketer to score 5000 Tests runs and 400 Test Wickets
He is the only player in Test cricket’s history to complete 5,000 runs along with 400 wickets. Dev, who was the first Indian to take 400 Test wickets, reached the milestone against Australia in 1992 and completed 5,000 runs during the Chennai Test.
Kapil Dev’s World Cup Innings of 175 runs vs Zimbabwe
In the World Cup match, Kapil scored 175 runs on 138 balls. At that time no one was expected India to make come back in that match because India has lost five wickets on 17 runs. But thanks to Kapil’s catastrophic innings Team India won and finally became world champion.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2002
In 2002, Wisden declared Kapil Dev an Indian cricketer of the Century. His name is among Team India’s finest all-rounder. Not only that, he has been a coach of Team India for 10 months. He took over the post of coach from October 1999 to August 2000.
Remarkable Facts about Kapil Dev
- Kapil Dev hit 4 consecutive sixes to off-spinner Eddie Hemmings in Test Match to avoid a follow on at Lords in 1990.
- In the 1987 World Cup against Australia, Kapil Dev agreed with the umpires to increase Australia’s total from 268 to 270 as one boundary had mistakenly been marked as 4 instead of 6. India went on to lose the game by 1 run.
- Kapil Dev never missed a Test match due to fitness issues.
ODI Debut and Last ODI
|ODI Debut||Pakistan||Quetta, Pakistan||1-Oct-78||13*||1||India won by 4 runs|
|Last ODI||West Indies||Faridabad, India||17-Oct-94||12||0||India lost by 96 runs|
Test Debut and Last Test
|Test Debut||Pakistan||Faislabad, PAK||16-21 Oct 1978||8, NB||0||Match Drawn|
|Last Test||New Zealand||Hamilton, NZ||19-23 Mar 1994||18, NB||1,1||Match Drawn|
Kapil Dev’s Batting and Bowling Stats