Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj (born 6 January 1959) is an Indian former cricketer. He is a fast-medium bowler, hard he is a hitter and medium order batsman and in 2002 was named Indian Cricketer of the Century by Wisden.
Dev captained the Indian cricket team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1983 and in the process became the first Indian captain to win the Cricket World Cup and the youngest team to win the World Cup. He retired in 1994 and held the world record for the most wickets in Test cricket, a record that was later broken in 2000 by Courtney Walsh. At that time he was also India’s best wicket-taker in both the main forms of cricket, the Test, and his ODI. He is the first player to score his 200 ODI wickets. He is the only player in cricket history to have won more than 400 wickets (434) and scored more than 5,000 runs in Tests, making him one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history. Dev’s all-around performances have been praised by cricketers, including his Sunil Gavaskar, who regard him as one of the best all-rounders in the game. From September 1999 he coached the Indian national team until September 2000. On 11 March 2010, Dev announced that he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and awarded Padma Shri in 1982 and Padma Bhushan in 1991.
Kapil dev Ramlal Nikhanj was born on 6th January 1959 in Chandigarh to teak merchant Ram Lal Nikhanj and his wife Rajkumari. His family moved to Fazirka after the split and eventually to Chandigarh. His paternal family was from Montgomery (now known as Sahiwal) and his mother was born in Pakpattan, Ocala. Dev said he was a student at D.A.V. school.
Kapil Dev played county cricket for Northamptonshire, England in 1981-1983 and Worcestershire in the 1984-1985 season. He played a total of 40 first-class matches in his stint with the county, scoring 2,312 runs in 64 innings and fourteen half-centuries. Dev made his debut as India’s captain in the 1982/83 season against Sri Lanka (before the Pakistan tour), where Gavaskar rested. His first stint as regular captain was in the West Indies Tour, and his greatest achievement was his only win at the ODI.
After the World Cup, India hosted the West India Cricket Team, which they lost in the Test series 3–0 and his ODI series 5–0. Dev delivered his best Test bowling performance in the loss with a return of 9/83 at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. His bowling performances in the Test and ODI series were disappointed by poor batting performances. The Selectors ended Dev’s reign in early 1984 by reappointing Gavaskar as captain.
Dev was a fast bowler. But a smooth run-up on delivery and a perfect lateral collection made him an outswinger. Normally bowling at a length and direction that always worried right-handers, his delivery was the bane of most of his victims as he tried to hit his racket on the outside edge. got caught on one of the LBWs and the ball dropped and missed an edge. However, as he matured, the action became less lateral and he also developed an inswinger, which he noted in his mid-1980s that the only thing he could not bowl at will was the leg-his cutter. I noticed Kapil Dev was appointed Manager of the Indian National Cricket Team in 1999, replacing Anshuman Gaekwad. During his tenure, India won only one Test match (against New Zealand at home) and suffered two big series defeats in Australia (3-0) and South Africa (2-0) at home. At the height of Manoj Prabhakar’s match-fixing allegations (which were later dismissed), Dev stepped down as national team coach. Plagued by a betting controversy, he announced his resignation, saying, “I bid farewell to the game that gave me so much and, based on the mere hearsay of third parties, it has taken so much away.” Later, he was succeeded as coach by former New Zealand batsman John Wright, who became India’s first foreign coach.
He has written four books. Three are autobiographical and one is about Sikhism. His autobiographical works include his By God’s Decree released in 1985, Cricket My Style (1987), and Straight from the Heart (2004). In 2019, his latest book We, The Sikhs was published. Kapil Dev’s life journey is an inspirational tale that proves that no matter what the world thinks, with hard work and effort, anything can be achieved. As a motivational speaker, Kapil Dev inspires with his down-to-earth demeanor. Kapil Dev motivates and inspires audiences from business leaders to students with his humor, sharing of interesting anecdotes from his own life, and the lessons learned during captaining the first world cup win for India.