He is the greatest fast bowler India has produced. He is one of the greatest bowling all-rounders of all time. He led India to 1983 World Cup triumph. He was voted India’s Cricketer of the Century, ahead of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. He is Wisden’s Indian Cricketer of the Century. Happy Birthday to the great Kapil Dev!
Kapil overcame huge odds to become one of the leading fast bowlers of his era; his contemporaries included Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan. The arrival of Kapil Dev was considered godsend for a country starved of fast bowlers. Not just the ability with the ball in hand, Kapil’s batting was as good as any top order batsman.
In 131 appearances in Test cricket, Kapil accumulated 5248 runs at 31.05 while picking 434 wickets, a record at the time. In One Day Internationals, Kapil scored 3783 runs in 225 matches, which included a famous career-best innings of 175 (not out) in a World Cup match against Zimbabwe.
Here’s wishing a very happy birthday to the legend.