Kapil Dev      

Full name Kapildev Ramlal Nikhanj

Born January 6, 1959, Chandigarh

Current age 63 years 133 days

Major teams India, Haryana, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire

Playing role Bowling allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

In a nutshell Kapil Dev was India's greatest fast bowler, their greatest fast-bowling allrounder, and led the team to their finest triumph: the 1983 World Cup title. More

Kapildev Ramlal Nikhanj
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 131 184 15 5248 163 31.05 8 27 61 64 0
ODIs 225 198 39 3783 175* 23.79 3979 95.07 1 14 71 0
First-class 275 384 39 11356 193 32.91 18 56 192 0
List A 310 270 47 5481 175* 24.57 2 23 99 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 131 227 27740 12867 434 9/83 11/146 29.64 2.78 63.9 17 23 2
ODIs 225 221 11202 6945 253 5/43 5/43 27.45 3.71 44.2 3 1 0
First-class 275 48853 22626 835 9/83 27.09 2.77 58.5 39 3
List A 310 14947 9161 335 5/43 5/43 27.34 3.67 44.6 3 2 0
Career statistics
Test debut Pakistan v India at Faisalabad, Oct 16-21, 1978 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v India at Hamilton, Mar 19-23, 1994 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v India at Quetta, Oct 1, 1978 scorecard
Last ODI India v West Indies at Faridabad, Oct 17, 1994 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1975/76 - 1993/94
List A span 1977/78 - 1994/95
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/15, 27 Celebrasians v Lashings XI Uxbridge 28 Jun 2007 Other OD

Kapil Dev was the greatest pace bowler India has produced, and their greatest fast-bowling allrounder. If he had played at any other time - not when Imran Khan, Ian Botham and Richard Hadlee were contemporaries - he would surely have been recognised as the best allrounder in the world. In any case he did enough to be voted India's Cricketer of the Century during 2002, ahead of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. His greatest feats were to lead India almost jauntily, and by his all-round example, to the 1983 World Cup, and to take the world-record aggregate of Test wickets from Hadlee. It was the stamina of the marathon runner that took him finally to 431 wickets and only a yard beyond. He might not have been quite the bowling equal of Imran, Hadlee or Botham at his best, and his strike rate was less than four wickets per Test, but he was still outstanding in his accuracy and ability to swing the ball, usually away from right-handers. And he could hit a ball even more brilliantly than he bowled it, with uncomplicated flair.

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Gideon Haigh on Kapil Dev

Un-Indian idol

He bowled fast at a time when his country didn't produce fast bowlers; his spirit lives on through the style and aggression of modern Indian teams

Stats analysis

India's first fast-bowling match-winner

Kapil overcame huge odds to become one of the leading fast bowlers of his era. And he was at his best against the best team of his time

    • 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
      Rohtak reprise
      • Takes 8 for 38 and 3 for 33 against Services, his maiden first-class 10-wicket haul, and is selected for the Irani Trophy.
    • October-November, 1978
      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.
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Best Performances
    • 4 for 90, 7 for 56 and 84 v Pakistan, Chennai, 1979-80
      • Signs of a new era. All spin greats are gone, Kapil is leading an attack that has Karsan Ghavri, Roger Binny and Dilip Doshi besides him. And lead he does, taking tour top-order wickets on the first day, reducing Pakistan to 272 in the first innings. Then, coming in at 279 for 6, blasts his way to a 98-ball 84 to virtually bat Pakistan out. Almost single-handedly, taking seven wickets in 23.4 overs, Kapil bowls Pakistan out again, setting up the match and the series win.
    • 5 for 28 v Australia, Melbourne, 1980-81
      • Right from the first morning when Australia have India at 43 for 3, they lead the match. A controversial lbw against Sunil Gavaskar later, India's attempt at the comeback into the match is thwarted and India are left to defend 142 in the final innings. All India's main bowlers, Kapil, Shivlal Yadav and Dilip Doshi, are injured. Karsan Ghavri takes two wickets on the fourth evening, giving the management enough reason to coax the injured Kapil out on the fifth morning. In an unbroken spell of 16.4 overs of accurate pace bowling, Kapil uses the up-and-down pitch to bowl Australia out for 83. It is the first time India manage to draw a series in Australia.
    • 38, 46 and 5 for 70 v England, Mumbai, 1981-82
      • Survival, and not scoring, occupies the minds of most batsmen on this uneven Wankhede pitch for the first Test of the series. Kapil's 50-ball 38, though, gets India a 13-run first-innings lead, an advantage that England minimise by reducing India to 90 for 5 in the second innings. Kapil fails to see what the fuss is all about and smites 46 off 50 balls, setting England 241 to win. With the ball, he finishes off what he started, taking out Graham Gooch, Chris Tavaré, David Gower, Ian Botham, and also ends the 25-run last-wicket stand, getting Bob Willis.
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Aug 16, 2019

Anshuman Gaekwad, Kapil Dev and Shanta Rangaswamy after a CAC meeting, Mumbai, August 16, 2019

Anshuman Gaekwad, Kapil Dev and Shanta Rangaswamy after a CAC meeting

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Jun 14, 2019

Kapil Dev is all smiles, Chennai, June 14, 2019

Kapil Dev is all smiles

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May 23, 2019

Kapil Dev arrives at an event, London, May 23, 2019

Kapil Dev arrives at an event

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1983