Kapil Dev: The highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs


Fast bowler

Hard-hitting batsman

Former captain 

National cricket coach 

Are characteristics that define 

“Allrounder – Kapil Dev”

Born on 6th January 1959, Kapil Dev was the son of Ram Lal Nikhanj and Raj Kumari Nikhanj. He is a former Indian Cricketer who was born and brought up in the capital city of Punjab and Haryana, which is Chandigarh. Kapil started his formal education in DAV School and later moved to Desh Prem Azad in 1971.



Domestic Cricket Career

Kapil’s domestic cricket career commenced with a magnificent debut in the year 1975 while playing against Punjab for Haryana. He restricted Punjab to just 63 runs and finished the season with 121 wickets in 30 matches supporting the victory of Haryana. 

Next year, he was the season opener against Jammu & Kashmir. His contribution to the first innings was extraordinary. However, Haryana lost to Bombay in the quarter-finals. 

In the next season that was the year 1977-78, his remarkable game claiming 8/38 in the first innings supported his career to a very high extent as he was selected to play three premium tournaments of domestic cricket world namely Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy, and wills Trophy matches. 

Kapil made an astonishing score in Irani Trophy match scoring 62 runs, he took 5 catches in the match where Karnataka was defeated by the rest of India and arrived in the limelight with a standout performance in the finals of Duleep trophy and wills Trophy for the first time. 

In the 1980-81 Ranji season, Haryana moved to semi-finals where they scored 605 runs, out of which 141 runs were scored by Kapil along with 5 wickets. 

Kapil won Ranji Trophy Championship and forged ahead towards his international career.



International Cricket Career

Kapil’s international career began with his Test cricket debut in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The debut match did not mark an admirable start. It is believed that he agitated the Pakistani batsmen with his high pace and thumped their helmets on more than one instant. 

He explained his all-rounder flair when he scored in India’s most agile Test match with a half-century in 33 balls and 2 sixes in each of the innings during the 3rd Test match at National Stadium of Karachi, Pakistan. 

In a visit to West Indies, Kapil scored more than a century at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in just 124 balls. 

Kapil played sensationally in that entire series and proved himself as India’s premier fast bowler, especially when he took 5 wickets and finished the home series against Pakistan in the 1979-80 season.

He eventually earned fame in 6 test home series facing Pakistan in the year 1979-80 season when he drove India to two victories, one against Bombay and other against Madras.   

The graphical depiction of Kapil’s journey represents unpredictable ups and downs. In India’s tour of Australia which was held in the year 1980-81 Kapil was suffering from a groin injury. Still, after the fourth day at 18/3, Kapil requested to play in the final match and the reports say that he played with pain-killing injections. 

Kapil won that match for India. His bowling performance is still considered as one of the best bowling performances. 

During this tour, he scored his first fifty in ODI against New Zealand and Brisbane. 

Kapil’s all-rounder skills were now in the picture and he was selected as captain of the India team in the 1982-83 season in a match against Sri-Lanka after Gavaskar. 




After becoming captain he soon achieved a big accomplishment with an ODI victory where he scored a sum of 72 runs and gave Indian cricketers the confidence to face west Indies. 

In the same year, Kapil entered the World cup with an ordinary individual record. But India inflicted the West Indies first-ever defeat in the world cup and also won against Zimbabwe. India lost the next two matches and needed to win the upcoming matches to conquer the world cup. 

So in the match against Zimbabwe on 18th June 1983, Kapil scored his century, and India won the world cup and the credit of 1983 World cup goes to Kapil Dev.

It is believed that Kapil then booked a Mercedes as a self-reward.   

After winning the world cup another test series was held against the West Indies Cricket team which was hosted in India. We lost the test series but Kapil achieved his best test bowling performance. 

His bowling performance was led down by his batting performance which ended up taking his captaincy down and reappointing Gavaskar as captain. His captaincy story did not desist here, there is still a long way to go. As he was again appointed for the same appellation in the year 1985 and he guided India on a Test series over England.

This was the time that witnessed one of the most famous matches where Kapil was named as the joint “man of the match” with Australian batsman Dean Jones. 


Love and Marriage

Kapil has a long cricket journey that we somewhat experienced but do you know, Kapil dev has a story that will make you believe in “Love at first sight”. This cute and adorable story will take you back to those 90s. 

It was the time when Kapil’s friend Sunil Bhatia introduced him to Romi Bhatia, after meeting her Kapil instantly fell in love but could not collect the courage to propose.  

Finally, after a year, while traveling to Mumbai he shared his feelings out in a very beautiful way saying “would you like to take pictures of this beautiful place so that we can show it to our children in future”

Romi went shy and said yes, Since 1980 they are tied together in this beautiful bond. 



Awards and Achievements 

There are many awards and achievements in Kapil’s journey, we could only come up with the most recognized one.
As all his hard work and life experiences motivated and appreciated Kapil in one way or the other. 


1980 Arjuna Award 
1981 Padma Bhushan Award
1982 Padma Shri Award
1983 Wisden Cricketer of the Year
2002 Among the 25 Greatest Global Living Legends In India by NDTV
2013 CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award

With every achievement and award, Kapil’s game became stronger or I should rather say spectacular!


After Retirement 

Kapil retired from cricket in the year 2004 but stayed connected to it in one or the other way. 

In the year 2006, he was nominated as chairman of the National Cricket Academy for 2 years. He also acted in a movie named Iqbal written by Vipul K Rawal. Later in May 2007, Kapil joined the Indian cricket league announced by Zee TV as a chairman of the executive board and in 2012, he resigned from ICL and started supporting BCCI.

In the year 2019, he was appointed as chancellor of a university situated in Haryana state. 

The dynamic personality also tried his luck in different businesses by opening Captain’s eleven restaurants in Chandigarh and Patna. He also introduced Kaptain’s Retreat Hotel in Chandigarh. 

He started a venture named Dev Musco Lighting Pvt Limited in partnership with Musco Lighting. 

There are four books written by Kapil out of which three were autobiography and one book was about Sikhism. 

All his work was always recognized by all his fans and his passion helped modern India in building its identity as the undeniable world leader of sports today.

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