Kapil Dev Birthday: Celebrating the man who changed World Cricket forever

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Kapil Dev Birthday: Remembering his biggest achievements and knowing some unknown facts


The title of this article may surprise you as we have written that he changed the World cricket forever. Yes, you read it right, he didn’t just change the Indian cricket but also the world cricket, when he won that 1983 World Cup for India. Because, after the popularity of cricket grew in India, it opened ways for the ICC (International Cricket Council) then known as International Cricket Conference to generate revenues in a massive number. Today’s we will wish Happy Birthday to Kapil Dev by remembering some of his biggest achievements and knowing some unknown facts.

– Kapil Dev is one of the greatest all-rounders of all time and probably one of the most successful captains of India.

– He was born on 6th January 1959 to Ram Lal Nikhanj and Raj Kumari Ram Lal Nikhanj in Chandigarh.

– He made his debut against arch-rivals Pakistan in 1978 when he was just a 19-year-old. However, he could score only 8 runs and took 1 wicket.

– Kapil Dev went on to play 131 International Test matches in 16 years of his career. He scored 5248 runs at an average of 31.05, including 27 fifties and 8 hundred. He also took 434 wickets (second-highest for India after Anil Kumble).

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– IN ODIs, he amassed 3783 runs from 225 matches and took 253 wickets at an average of 27 fifties.

– Kapil Dev played a historic 175 run-innings against Zimbabwe in World Cup 1983. India won the World Cup in the leadership of Kapil Dev.

– Kapil Dev never got run-out in his entire career.

– He had a lethal outswing and an energetic action that took the ball away from every right-handed batsman.

– Being a lower-middle order batsman, he used to smash boundaries and sixes for fun.

– He was the first all-rounder to claim 100 Test Wickets and score 1000 Test runs at the age of 21.

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