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The Legend Was Born Today: Happy Birthday Kapil Dev

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.

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‚Äôs 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

  Team Venue Date Score Wkts Result
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

  Team Venue Date Score Wkts Result
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

  M Inn Runs HS SR Avg 50 100
Tests 131 184 5248 163 94.76 31.1 27 8
ODI 225 198 3783 175 95.07 23.8 14 1


  M Inn Wkts Eco Avg 10W  
Tests 131 227 434 2.78 29.65 2 23
ODI 225 221 253 3.72 27.45 0 1

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