ICC Hall of Fame March 9, 2010

Kapil Dev inducted into Hall of Fame

Cricinfo staff

Former India captain Kapil Dev has been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. The 51-year-old played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs across a 16-year career, and is best remembered for leading India to victory in the 1983 World Cup.

Kapil made his international debut in a one-dayer against Pakistan in Quetta in October 1978. His Test debut followed two weeks later in Faisalabad against the same opponents.

One of the greatest fast bowlers that India has produced and its finest bowling allrounder, he ended with a remarkable 434 Test wickets and 253 ODI wickets.

In 1994, he became the leading wicket-taker in Tests when he overtook Richard Hadlee, a record that was eventually broken by West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh. Also, in 1988 he leapfrogged another West Indies fast bowler, Joel Garner, to become the most successful bowler in ODIs, a record he held until 1994 when his tally of 253 wickets was passed by Wasim Akram.

Kapil's best bowling figures in a Test were 11 for 146 against Pakistan in Chennai in 1980, while in ODIs his best figures came in the group stages of the 1983 World Cup when he took 5 for 43 against Australia in Nottingham.

With the bat, he scored 5248 Test runs, including eight centuries and 27 fifties, at an average of 31.05. He also made 3783 ODI runs, including a highest of 175 not out against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells during the 1983 World Cup.

At a ceremony at the ICC headquarters in Dubai on Monday, ICC president David Morgan, alongside former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd presented Kapil with a commemorative cap.

Speaking on the occassion, Kapil said, "I am proud and happy to have been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and it's amazing to think that I have been picked as one of the greats of Indian cricket.

"I am delighted to have been named alongside so many great players of the game but for me, when I was growing up, the man I always looked up to was Sunil Gavaskar from the moment I started playing cricket. Now to be named also alongside greats of the game such as Clive Lloyd, Richard Hadlee and Wasim Akram it truly fantastic," he said.

Morgan said Kapil was an all-time great player. "He did everything. He batted, bowled and he was a fine fielder. I remember the great catch he took to dismiss Viv Richards in the 1983 World Cup final - he was on the run and the ball came over his shoulder, possibly the most difficult of catches."

Lloyd, who was Kapil's opposing number in the 1983 World Cup final, said he was a thoroughly deserving induction into the Hall of Fame. "He was a fantastic cricketer and he was a great asset for Indian cricket during his time at the helm," Lloyd said. "He set the pace for them early on and he came to the fore and did wonderfully well - he played like a true champion and was a brilliant leader."

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  • navneet on March 10, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Word impossible did not exist in Kapil Dev's dictionary. He had the self confidence and he dared all other great allrounders of his time. I remember the series against England when he beat Ian Botham to get man of the series award. He responded to Botham's destructive batting with his hurricane innings and matched wicket for wicket. I can not forget this man who instilled faith and self belief in Indian cricket like no one before, the man who bowled fast at a time when no Indian even dreamt of it. He is one of the finest allrounder of all time. People who point a finger at his bowling records should not forget the dead Indian tracks on which he bowled and the lack of a genuine fast bowling partner at the other end. He is and always be my hero. Kapil, you are the NORTH STAR of Indian cricket. I salute you.

  • Vishal on March 10, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    It would be worthwhile to compare his bowling average and strike rates with other fast bowlers in his era. Before calling him selfless we should not forget how he kept on playing with poor performances towards end of his career, only to hold the record of Sir Richard. The record which was set with less than 90 matches, our great Kapil Dev broke in 130+ matches. Lets neglect amount of tailenders wickets in his tally. He was a good batsman though.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Congratulation Kapil you fully deserve it....I am still upset about the way BCCI treated ICL

  • mohan on March 9, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved recognition for an all time great.Infact the best all round cricketer India has ever produced by a distance. One amazing aspect of his batting which is not often given due credit is his heavy str: rate in tests.To know much about this i looked it in cricinfo. What i got is these facts.In all the inns where he scored 50 or more and of which balls faced count is available(a few scores have this count missing) he has got 2529 runs in 2727 balls.str rate of 92.73!!! At about this str rate he scored at 31.05 avg.ie 2879.2665 str rate * avg: index. For Viv Richards 50.53 * 70 gives 3537.1 . That shows Kapil was 81.4 % as destructive as Viv in tests.And that too in an era of great fast and spin bowlers .Add to this his bowling,fielding, captaincy & longevity ...In my book he leap frogs some allrounders with slightly superior career stats at first glance with the above specified inherent qualities.Take a bow maestro...

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Without a doubt , greatest cricketer that nation has ever produced. We know how popular cricket in India is and if anyone deserves the credit Kapil would be surely first.After achieving so much for the nation he deserves a better treatment.His true greatness lies in his humbleness despite of his incredible accomplishments.Salute to the great man who got the World Cup for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • R. on March 9, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    It was only a matter of time before Kapil Dev was inducted into the hall of fame. No other player deserves it more. I idolized him as a kid and admire as an adult. He took a more positive attitude the way he played the game. In short, HE made cricket look good. Congratulations and well done!!

  • crik on March 9, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    My favourite team was Kapil & Srikkanth India (then)... Two great cricketers that existed on the field... great sportsmanship & entertainers... Both are HoFamers since Day 1.. any awards are extra to these kings.... If I wish to reverse the time, I wish to see both back on field at their 20's... Thanks for the MEMORIES !!

  • Rajagopalan on March 9, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Greatest Cricketer India has every produced till date. Apart from his all round capabilities, he was a great runner between wickets which goes unnoticed and ofcourse for his excellent ground fielding and accurate throw. In fact, I remember one of the commentary given when the Umpires/Groundsmen were struggling to place the stumps on the centre of the wicket. The commentator told give the ball to Kapil and ask him to throw and they can find the exact place to keep the stumps. Hats Off.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    love u kapil paji u r all time great

  • Harish on March 9, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    A truly self-less servant of Indian cricket, and perhaps the greatest ever. Kapil Dev, we salue you on this momentous occassion.

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