November 15, 1975
Sign of things to come
On his Ranji debut
, in Rohtak, takes 6 for 39 and 2 for 78 and scores 26 not out in an innings victory over Punjab.
December 2, 1977
Takes 8 for 38 and 3 for 33 against Services
, his maiden first-class 10-wicket haul, and is selected for the Irani Trophy.
Debuts against arch-rivals
On ODI debut
scores a 12-ball 13 and takes 1 for 27 as India beat Pakistan by four runs in Quetta. Fifteen days later, plays his first Test
, in Faisalabad, and returns match figures of 1 for 96 in a turgid draw. In the Karachi Test
of the same series, scores a 33-ball half-century, then the fastest for India.
January 27, 1979
Century before a five-for
Starts the third day of the Delhi Test
against West Indies on 94, and hits Norbert Phillip for a six to reach his first Test century. Takes 3 for 59 in enforcing the follow-on, but there isn't enough time to force a result.
July 12-16, 1979
A lone hand
Gets his first Test five-wicket haul, with zero support from the bowlers around him. It comes in England's innings of 633 for 5 declared. at Edgbaston
, and India lose by an innings and 83 runs.
February 3, 1980
Four wickets, 40 runs per Test
Taslim Arif becomes his 100th Test wicket, and in the same Kolkata Test
against Pakistan, his 25th, Kapil goes past 1000 runs. At 21 years 28 days, is the youngest to complete the 1000-run-100-wicket double.
February 11, 1981
Brave heart, big deeds
At the start of the final day of the Melbourne Test
, Australia need 119 to win with seven wickets in hand. Ignoring a groin injury, takes five wickets for 28 runs to bowl Australia out for 83.
September 12, 1982
Leading from the front
In his first ODI as captain
, against Sri Lanka in Amritsar, scores 49 in 31 balls, and his bowling figures read 8-6-9-1. India win by 78 runs.
If it's Karachi, it must be a fast fifty
Breaks his own record of fastest half-century for an Indian, reaching the mark in 30 balls during his boy-on-burning-deck 73 off 53 balls. His 5 for 102 is overshadowed by Imran Khan's 8 for 60 as India go down by an innings and 86 runs
March 11-16, 1983
Four wickets, 40 runs per Test intact
In his 50th Test
, in Trinidad, Andy Roberts becomes his 200th Test victim. Builds on his 2000-run aggregate with a second-innings century in 95 balls. At 24 years 68 days, is the youngest to achieve this double too.
March 29, 1983
On his way to a 38-ball 72, in Berbice
, rattles off the then fastest ODI fifty for an Indian. India's 282 for 5 is the then highest total against West Indies. Follows it up with figures of 10-0-33-2 to set India's first ODI win over West Indies, a precursor to a more famous win to come later in the year.
His and Indian cricket's finest month
Takes 5 for 43 against Australia at Trent Bridge
to record the first five-for by an Indian in ODIs. Against Zimbabwe in Tunbridge Wells
, comes in at 9 for 4 and scores an unbeaten 175, the first ODI century by an Indian, keeping India alive in the tournament. Becomes the first person other than Clive Lloyd to lift the World Cup after India upset West Indies in the final
. Makes 15 in a low-scoring match, returns figures of 11-4-21-1, and takes a stunning catch, running backwards, to remove Viv Richards.
November 12-16, 1983
Takes 9 for 83 in West Indies' second innings in Ahmedabad
. Is never close to getting a perfect 10, though: Balwinder Sandhu had taken the first wicket, Desmond Haynes. India's batting fails in the second innings in a 138-run defeat.
December 7, 1983
A thousand runs
Becomes the first Indian to cross the 1000-run landmark in ODIs.
December 1984-January 1985
Big man v big man
Two great Indian cricketers collide. Having already lost his captaincy to Sunil Gavaskar, is dropped for playing a loose shot - going for his second six in six balls - in the Delhi Test
against England. The first time he is dropped in 67 Tests. Comes back a Test later and plays another 65 Tests on the trot.
September 18, 1985
With Amal Silva's wicket in the Kandy Test
, goes past Bishan Bedi's tally of 266 Test wickets - then the best for an Indian.
February 2, 1986
Hundred in ODIs
With a destructive late spell of three wickets in six balls, helps beat New Zealand in a Benson & Hedges Series match
, and also becomes the first Indian to take 100 ODI wickets. Already has 1607 runs to his name.
January 7, 1987
The double of trebles
In his 83rd Test, in Cuttack
, makes Rumesh Ratnayake his 300th Test wicket, and becomes only the second player after Ian Botham to have achieved the double of 3000 runs and 300 wickets.
November 15, 1989
Fastest to 100
At 30 years 313 days, becomes the youngest then to his 100th Test
July 30, 1990
Four times six
Hits Eddie Hemmings for four consecutive sixes to avoid the follow-on at Lord's
, the first time four sixes are hit in four balls in Tests.
January 4, 1991
The second trick
Becomes the second Indian to claim an ODI hat-trick, removing Roshan Mahanama, Rumesh Ratnayake and Sanath Jayasuriya in the final of the Asia Cup
, at Eden Gardens.
October 22, 1991
With Winston Benjamin's wicket in a Wills Trophy match in Sharjah
, becomes the first man to take 200 ODI wickets.
December 9, 1992
Runs out Peter Kirsten in an ODI for backing up too far before he has bowled. Had warned Kirsten three times before on the tour, but that doesn't prevent an ugly controversy
February 8, 1994
King of the world
With Hashan Tillakaratne's wicket in Ahmedabad
, becomes the most successful bowler in Tests, passing Richard Hadlee's tally of 431 wickets. Plays only one more Test.
October 17, 1994
Back to Haryana
Last day in international cricket, an ODI in Haryana's industrial capital, Faridabad. Goes wicketless for 37 runs in his five overs against West Indies
, and scores 12 in a comprehensive defeat. Ends up with 253 ODI wickets, more than anybody else then, just like in Tests.
October 1999-August 2000
Ordinary second innings
Under Kapil the coach, India struggle to beat New Zealand at home, and lose series to Australia away and South Africa at home. During the stint he is also accused of being involved in match-fixing.
May 11, 2000
Don't cry for me
Breaks down in a TV interview when responding to match-fixing allegations. Later cuts all ties with cricket.
July 23, 2002
A grand comeback
Comes back from a period of quiet when Wisden names him the Indian Cricketer of the 20th Century. Returns to the official fold as a bowling consultant and serves as chairman of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for two years.
Joins the ICL, a parallel Twenty20 league, challenging the BCCI's monopoly in cricket in India. The ICL can't sustain itself, and all but folds up operations two years later.