Kapil Dev, the man who has changed the Indian cricket forever by becoming the first Indian captain to win the 1983 World Cup
January 6, 2020: Kapil Dev is known for his greatest all-rounder performance in the world of cricket and he made his debut in 1978 when he was just 19 years old. He played his first Test match against Pakistan in Faisalabad and scored just 8 runs and got 1 wicket in hand.
The legendary cricketer's career spans over 16 years in which he has represented India with 131 Test matches. Based on the numbers he achieved, he has a score of 5248 runs in Test matches that includes 8 centuries and 27 half-centuries. He also took a total of 434 wickets along with 23 five-wicket hauls.
Talking about his ODI performance, he has scored 3783 runs from 225 matches that included 1 century and 14 half-centuries along with a total of 253 wickets with one five-wicket haul.
SOME LESSER KNOWN FACTS ABOUT KAPIL DEV
# He won the first-ever World Cup title in 1983 by defeating two-time champions, West Indies in the finals.
# In 1991, Kapil Dev won his maiden with Ranji Trophy Championship
# In his Test career of 184 innings, Kapil Dev never got run out
# The only player in the history of cricket with more than 5000 runs and 400 wickets
# In 2002, Kapil Dev got the title of 'Indian Cricketer of the Century' by Wisden
# In 2010, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
# He has also been honored with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards by the Government of India.
Twitter is flooded with wishes for the legendary cricketer on his birthday, take a look at some of them,
Kapil Dev retired from Indian cricket in 1994 after he broke Richard Hadlee's record of highest wickets taken in Test matches.
Recently he was also seen with the Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh as the later is portraying Kapil Dev in the Biopic 83. This movie is set to release in April 2020.