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Celebrating The Incredible Achievements Of Kapil Dev On His 59th birthday

Kapil Dev turns 59 today (Source- Kapil Dev's Official Twitter Account)
Kapil Dev is the greatest fast bowler and all-rounder India has produced. (Source- Kapil Dev's Official Twitter Account)

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Celebrating The Incredible Achievements Of Kapil Dev On His 59th birthday

He is the only cricketer in Test history to score over 4,000 runs and take more than 400 wickets.

The image of Kapil Dev holding aloft the trophy after a historic victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup is something that no Indian is likely to forget in a hurry. As he celebrates his 59th birthday on Saturday, we look back at an illustrious career that few others can hope to match. Known for his bowling skills and hard-hitting ways in the middle order, Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj was born in a humble Haryanavi family in Chandigarh. The passion of cricket overtook him at a very early age.

Here are some interesting facts about his career

  • Kapil Dev started his career in 1978, playing for Haryana against Punjab. He helped his team win the match by taking 6 wickets. He came to be known as the “Haryana Hurricane”.
  • He was the youngest cricketer to achieve the all-rounder’s double of 100 wickets and 1,000 runs at the age of just 21.
  • Kapil Dev was the first Indian cricketer to score a century in a One Day International (ODI) match. He scored 175* against Zimbabwe in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
  • He is the only cricketer in Test history to score over 4,000 runs and take more than 400 wickets. By the time he retired, he had scored 5,248 runs and taken 434 wickets in 131 Test matches. Kapil Dev held the world record for the most number of wickets (434) in Test cricket for eight years.
  • He was the coach of the Indian team for 10 months from October 1999 to August 2000 when it was going through a rough patch.
  • He bid goodbye to cricket and retired after playing in an ODI against the West Indies on 17 October, 1994.
  • Wisden named him the “Indian Cricketer of the Century” in 2002.
  • The all-rounder has been honoured with several prestigious national awards – Arjuna Award in 1979, Padma Shri in 1982 and Padma Bhushan in 1991.
  • A true Indian at heart, he joined the Indian Territorial Army as an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in September 2008.
  • He has played roles in Hindi movies like ‘Iqbal’, ‘Dillagi…Yeh Dillagi’ and ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’. He has also authored several autobiographies, including ‘Straight from the Heart’, ‘The World of Kapil Dev’ and ‘Kapil’.

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