India’s greatest allrounder of all time, Kapil Dev was born today in Chandigarh, India. The reason why Kapil Dev is “the greatest allrounder”, he is the only player to score 4000 runs and pick up 400 wickets in Test. He is most remembered because under his leadership India won the ICC World Cup in 1983 and made it to the semifinals of 1987.
Kapil made his debut in 1978 against Pakistan. He showed his class gradually in both batting and bowling, especially in Tests. He was known as hard hitting batsmen. This approach of his made him to score a half century off 33 balls in Tests, which was the fastest at that time.
In 1979-80, Kapil Dev became the youngest player to reach 100 wickets and 1000 runs in Tests. Because of his balanced performance with both bat and ball, he soon became the captain of Indian National team in 1982-83 and led the team in World Cup 1983. He rescued India from 17 for 5 with an outstanding 175 off 138 balls in a must win match against Zimbabwe. This historic knock of his gave India momentum to win the match, and later the title.
Kapil Dev retired in 1994. Till his retirement he was India’s frontline pacer. Kapil retired with 5248 runs and 434 wickets under his belt in Tests and 3783 runs and 253 wickets in ODIs. His 5248 in Tests included 8 centuries and 434 wickets were the most by a player at that time. Kapil Dev won the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century.