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Kapil Dev Biography – Personal Life, Career, Facts, Awards, Records, Controversies, Wife, Net

Kapil Dev Biography – The greatest contemporary fast-bowling all-rounder that India has ever produced, Kapil Dev honored the glory of the nation through his palatial performance to lift the maiden World title. With an uncomplicated flair, Dev led the Indian team to victories jauntily. He quietly earned the name of the most splendiferous finisher in the fifty-over game.

Kapil Dev played for the Indian National Cricket Team in the Test and ODI format. He made a radiant difference to the side through his exalted efforts. Kapil Dev made his debut against Pakistan in the ODI format on 1st October 1978. In the same series at the following stage, Dev made his Test debut against the same arch-rivals on 16th October 1978.

Kapil Dev Cricketing Career & Personal Life 

Kapil Dev family
Kapil Dev family

Kapil Dev was born on 6th January 1952 in Chandigarh district of Punjab State. Kapil’s father Ram Lal Nikhanj was a teak merchant whereas his mother Rajkumari Nikhanj is a homemaker. Kapil’s family moved to the Fazilka border town after the partition before eventually residing back in Chandigarh in 1950.

Kapil Dev started his schooling in Chandigarh where he developed an interest in cricket at the age of twelve. Kapil has two brothers and a sister out of which he played cricket with one of his elder brothers. Kapil belonged to a lower-middle-class family and his father died before seeing him conquer the world in 1975.

  • Age: 69 Years
  • Height: 6 ft
  • Weight: 80 kg
  • Coach: Desh Prem Azad
  • Alma Mater: DAV Public School, Sector-8 Chandigarh 
  • Nickname: Haryana Hurricane, Kapil Paaji

Kapil Dev Early Days

Kapil Dev Early Days
Kapil Dev Early Days

Kapil Dev started to pursue professional cricket under the guidance of Desh Prem Azad. Interestingly, Dev did not play a single cricket game till the age of 13. His lucky entry in the cricket team took place when a player for Sector 16 team was short and Dev joined the team.

Kapil was rejected at the first instance by his coach. His father insisted on him and he was picked. In his early days, Kapil used to play weekend matches for Pal Club against King Crown Club. He was then recognized at a hotly contested match where he performed brilliantly to push his career.

Kapil Dev Domestic Career

Kapil Dev Domestic Career
Kapil Dev Domestic Career

Kapil Dev made his debut for the Haryana Cricket team against Punjab at the Ranji Trophy 1975-76. He recorded a stellar performance on his debut as he claimed a 6-wicket haul to lead Haryana to victory. He finished the season with a whopping 121 wickets in 30 matches. He continued with his consistent run in the following season.

Kapil Dev produced iconic instinct in each of the Ranji Trophy seasons he further played in. Here are some highlights of his domestic career:

  • 1976-77: 8/36 against Services, 8/20 vs Bengal
  • 1977-78: 10-wicket haul vs Services
  • (Selected for Duleep Trophy, Irani Trophy, Wills Trophy)
  • 1978-79: 7/65 against South Zone (Duleep Trophy)
  • 1979-80: 193* vs Delhi, 7/35 vs Uttar Pradesh

1990 Triumph

Kapil Dev registered a brilliant 5-wicket haul and scored 141 runs to win the semifinal against Bengal. In the final against Mumbai, he picked three wickets and scored an important knock of 42-runs down the order. In a thrilling encounter, Haryana restricted Mumbai to lifting the title. This was Dev’s only Ranji Title win.

County Stint

Kapil Dev has also played county cricket in England. He represented Northamptonshire County in 1981, 1982, 1983 seasons and later played for Worcestershire in 1984 and 1985. In a total of 40 first-class county matches, Dev scored 2,312 runs and picked 102 wickets.

Kapil Dev International Career 

Kapil Dev International Career 
Kapil Dev International Career

Kapil Dev made his debut against Pakistan in October 1978. Dev had an unimpressive start to his international career but he troubled the frontline Pakistani lineup with deliberate bouncers and his trademark out-swinger. He subsequently scored a half-century in the third test match and picked up his maiden five-wicket haul.

His handsome performance led to his selection for the England tour and the 1979 World Cup. India and Dev had a poor performance at the World Cup but he kept on with representing the national team on regular occasions. Sunil Gavaskar was rested and Kapil Dev made was given charge of India’s team for the Sri Lankan series in 1982.

1983 World Cup

Kapil Dev registered a fine leadership performance in West Indies on his first assignment. This led to his appointment as the Captain for the 1983 World Cup. In the final against West Indies, Dev grabbed an unbelievable catch off Madan Lal’s bowling which is believed to be the turning point of the match. India won their first World Cup title under Kapil Dev in 1983.

Post World Cup

India hosted West Indies for a full-house bilateral series after the World Cup. Under the captaincy of Dev, India lost the series by 3-0 and 5-0. Dev recorded his career-best figures of 9/83 but his disappointing batting performance stripped off his bowling stint. Kapil Dev was stripped off from the captaincy in 1984 as Gavaskar was re-appointed.

Gavaskar’s reign led to a controversy before the World Series as Kapil Dev was restored as the Captain. Dev led India to a convincing win against Australia in the bilateral series. His last major tournament was the 1987 World Cup where he recorded a satisfying individual performance but the team was out of the quarterfinals.

Kapil Dev Wife

Romi Bhatia

Kapil Dev Wife
Kapil Dev Wife

Kapil Dev married his childhood married Romi Bhatia in 1980. Dev and Romi share an immense bond and even go on tours to date. The couple gave birth to their first daughter Amiya Dev on 16th January 1996. Romi is an educated liberal who is professional in her career.

Kapil Dev and 2000 Match Fixing Controversy

Kapil Dev Fixing Controversy
Kapil Dev Fixing Controversy

Kapil Dev was appointed the Head Coach of the Indian National Cricket team in 1999. In his reign, India won a lone match against New Zealand and suffered two series defeats against Australia and South Africa. At the height of the 2000 match-fixing allegation by Manoj Prabhakar that was later dismissed, Dev resigned from the post and bid adieu to cricket.

Kapil Dev Health

Kapil Dev Health
Kapil Dev Health

Kapil Dev is considered one of the fittest and finest Indian cricketers. However, he suffered a minor heart attack on 23rd October 2020. He underwent an emergency coronary angioplasty at a private hospital in the national capital territory of Delhi.

Kapil Dev Net Worth

Kapil Dev Net Worth
Kapil Dev Net Worth

Leaving beside the legacy of Cricket, Kapil Dev has a keen interest in the business. Dev owns a 5% stake in Zicom Electronics. He also is a promoter of Dev Musco Lighting Pvt Ltd that set up floodlights in five cricket stadiums in India. In the hospitality sector, Dev owns Capitals XI restaurant and Kaptain’s Retreat Hotel in Chandigarh.

Kapil Dev Facts

Facts about Kapil Dev
Facts about Kapil Dev
  • Kapil Dev made special appearances in Bollywood films Iqbal, Chain Khuli ki Main Khuli and Mujhse Shaadi Karoge.
  • Another movie based on the life of Kapil Dev and the 1983 World cup is scheduled to release starring Ranveer Singh.
  • Kapil Dev consumes alcohol quite often.
  • In September 2008, Kapil Dev joined the Indian territorial army and was commissioned with Lieutenant Colonel rank.
  • Kapil Dev was appointed as the First Chancellor of India’s first University of Sports in Haryana.

Kapil Dev Records

Kapil Dev Records
Kapil Dev Records
  1. Highest ODI score at No. 6 position in World Cup (175).
  2. The only cricketer to score 4000 runs and claim 40 wickets.
  3. Most run in without being run out in a career (5284).
  4. Youngest cricketer to take 100, 200, and 300 wickets in Test.
  5. Best bowling figures by a captain in Test cricket (9/83).

Kapil Dev Awards & Achievements

Kapil Dev Awards & Achievements
Kapil Dev Awards & Achievements
  1. Arjuna Award 1980
  2. Padma Shri 1982
  3. Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1983
  4. Padma Bhushan 1991
  5. Wisden Cricketer of the Century 2002
  6. ICC Hall of Fame 2010
  7. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

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