Amazing Facts about Kapil Dev

Hey guys welcome to this article, so in this article we will going to talk about some Amazing Facts about Kapil Dev. Kapil Dev is the greatest fast bowling all-rounder India has ever produced and perhaps the greatest fast bowler too. Kapil Dev’s role in popularizing cricket and fast bowling in India can never be ignored. So, let’s dive into facts Mohammed Shami, a man who give 100% best in her every match. So read this article till end because his article is going to be very interesting, because, many of them don’t know these facts or you know but doesn’t notice, but any way, lets start this article without any further delay.

Amazing Facts about Kapil Dev:

International debut:

Kapil Dev played his first test match on 16 October 1978 against Pakistan in Faisalabad. However, it was not very good as he could only take one wicket in the drawn match. His only victim was Sadiq Mohammed. However, Pakistan’s batsmen were shocked by his pace and bounce. He had bouncers hit him on several occasions in that match which hit his helmet.

Best bowling figures by a captain (9/83):

In the second innings of the Ahmedabad Test in November 1983, Kapil dismissed nine West Indies batsmen for 83 runs. This spell gives him the record for the best figures in an innings by a captain.

Highest Wicket Taker In Tests and ODIs:

On February 8, 1994, he took the wicket of the Sri Lanka’s Harshan Tillekeratne, to go past Hadlee’s world record haul of 431 wickets and retired with 434 wickets. He held the world record for eight years. It was then broken by West Indies fast bowler, Courtney Walsh in the year, 2000. In 1988, Kapil overtook Joel Garner to become the highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket. His final career tally of 253 wickets remained a record until it was broken by Wasim Akram in 1994.

Four consecutive sixes:

He was an aggressive batsman who was often fond of hitting sixes. He was involved in a notable incident during the 1990 Lord’s Test match when he hit four consecutive sixes off off-spinner Eddie Hemmings to put India past the follow-on target.

Coaching Stint:

He was appointed the coach of the Indian national cricket team in 1999, succeeding Anshuman Gaekwad. His tenure as India coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000 was mediocre. He was also dragged into the match fixing controversy by Manoj Prabhakar. But, later these allegations were dismissed. However, after this controversy, Kapil resigned from the post of coach.


He has written three autobiographical works. ‘God’s Decree’ came in 1985 and ‘Cricket My Style’ in 1987. He released his most recent autobiography titled ‘Straight from the Heart’ in 2004.


After retiring from cricket in 1994, Kapil Dev started playing golf. He was the only Asian founding member of the Laureus Foundation in 2000. Ian Botham and Viv Richards were the other two cricketers in the Council of 40 founding members. Steve Waugh was added to the Academy members in 2006 when it was expanded from 40 to 42.

Finished his career as the leading wicket taker in Tests matches:

Kapil Dev played his last Test against New Zealand on 19-23 March 1994 in Hamilton. He finished his career as the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket at one point. He has 434 wickets in his name in 131 test matches.

The 1983 World Cup:

303 runs, 12 wickets and 7 catches in 8 matches – these were Kapil Dev’s figures in the 1983 World Cup. His extraordinary innings of 175 against Zimbabwe saved India from being eliminated from the quarter-finals. India won the cup by defeating the powerful West Indies team in the final match. It was one of the biggest moments of glory in Indian cricket and brought a huge change for the game in the country.

Kapil Dev Family:

Kapil Dev was born to Ram Lal Nikhanj, a building and timber contractor, and his wife Raj Kumari. His parents migrated from Rawalpindi, Punjab during the partition of India.

Highly Impressing Debut:

Kapil Dev was born to Ram Lal Nikhanj, a building and timber contractor, and his wife Raj Kumari. His parents migrated from Rawalpindi, Punjab during the partition of India.

Only cricketer with 4000 Test runs and 400 wickets:

Till date in the history of Test cricket, Kapil Dev is the only all-rounder who has scored more than 4000 Test runs and taken 400 wickets in his name.

The record for scoring highest individual score in ODI WC:

Kapil Dev’s first ODI century also created a world record at that time. He became the highest individual scorer in the ODI World Cup with his unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe on 18 June 1983.

Personal Life:

Kapil Dev is married to Romi Bhatia. A common friend introduced her to him in 1979 and proposed to her in 1980. The couple married in 1980 and had a daughter, Amiya Dev, on 16 January 1996.


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