The legendary cricketer Kapil Dev turns 62 on January 6, 2021. Kapil Dev is considered as one of the greatest cricketers of all time and also the finest all-rounder to ever play the game of cricket. Dev’s contribution to the Indian cricket is immeasurable, he has been one of the pioneers of the sport in India. The all-rounder captaining the underdog Indian team and winning the world cup at Lords in 1983 has been etched as one of the greatest moments in the history of the Indian sports.
As the cricket mogul turns 62, let’s have a look at the five notable feats of his career:
1983 World Cup Triumph
Kapil Dev helmed India to its maiden World Cup victory at Lords, England against the favourites West Indies. The all-rounder scored 303 runs in 8 innings at an average of 60.6 with an attacking strike rate of 108.99, he was awarded the Player Of the Tournament trophy and played a vital in India’s maiden title victory.
175* Vs Zimbabwe
When the top order failed miserably and the team stooped to 17/5, Kapil Dev came to the crease and started taking on the Zimbabwe seamers. Dev batted with the tail enders and smashed 175 runs off just 138 balls with 16 fours and six sixes at a destructive strike rate of 126.81. The skipper rescued India from a terrible position and the team went on to win the match by 31 runs.
5000 Runs & 400 Wickets
Kapil Dev is the only cricket in the history of Test cricket to score over 5000 runs and take over 400 wickets. Dev scored 5128 runs and pocketed 434 wickets at an average of 29.64 in 131 Test matches.
Most Test Wickets By An Indian Seamer
In the year 1994, Kapil Dev surpassed Sir Richard Hadlee to become the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket. He grabbed 434 wickets with an average of 29.64 in 131 Tests. Even after 24 years of his retirement, Dev finds himself in the top ten leading wicket-taker of all time in Tests. The all-rounder is still the highest wicket-taking Indian seamer in Test cricket. Dev’s record of 434 Test wickets is only bettered by Anil Kumble.
ODI Strike Rate 95.07
Kapil Dev had a strike rate of 95.07 in ODI cricket. The all-rounder had the second-highest strike rate in the world (min. 1000 runs) only after Ian Smith during Dev’s 16-year old illustrious career.