Kapil Dev 50 not out

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 12:21 [IST]
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Kapil Dev turns 50

Bangalore: Cricket legend Kapil Dev celebrates his 50th birthday on Tuesday, January 6, 2009.

As Indian captain, Kapil played an instrumental role in the country's World Cup victory in 1983.. Kapil Dev, the ever-remembered master of Indian Cricket, was not just lifting up a world cup trophy, but he was uplifting the proud legacy of India before the world. Kapil is ever remembered for his rich contribution to cricket.

Kapil Dev was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002. Kapil Dev had a rather prosaic stint as India's national cricket coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000.

He has eight Man of the Match awards and four Man of the Series awards in Test cricket to his name, a feat rarely achieved by an Indian all-rounder. His 175* knock against Zimbabwe is considered as one of the best innings by a player in the World Cup and it was his grit and determination that got us the ultimate prize in 83.

A great person who has been known to help all and even go out of his way to nurture talent, thatscricket wish Kapil Dev all the best for his second innings that will take him to a century well deserved.


* Captained India to World Cup victory in 1983
* Broke Richard Hadlee's record of 431 wickets in Test cricket
* First ODI century by an Indian
* Only cricketer to score 4,000 Test runs and take 400 wickets
* Named Indian Cricketer of the Century by Wisden

Test Cricket

* In early 1994, he became the highest Test wicket-taker in the world, breaking the record held by Sir Richard Hadlee. Kapil's record was broken by Courtney Walsh in 1999.
* Kapil is the only player to have achieved the all-rounder's double of 4,000 Test runs and 400 Test wickets.

One Day International

* In 1988, Kapil overtook Joel Garner to become the highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket. His final career tally of 253 wickets remained a record until it was broken by Wasim Akram in 1994
* According to the ICC cricket ratings for all-rounders in ODI cricket, Kapil's peak rating of 631 is the highest rating ever achieved. He reached this mark on 22 March 1985 after a World Series final against Pakistan in Australia.


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