Kapil Dev Nikhanj
Kapil Dev one of the greatest all-rounder of not just Indian cricket but also in the history of the game. Such have been the deeds of this natural criketer from Haryana that words would not be enough to describe them.
|Born On||6 January 1959|
|Born In||Chandigarh, Punjab, India|
|Known as||Former Indian Cricket Team Captain|
|Full Name||Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj|
- He held the record for the most number of Test and One-day wickets for quite a long time, till Courtney Walsh and Wasim Akram took over respectively.
- Kapil was a truly inspirational cricketer who has charted the course of many a famous Indian victory almost single handed. Captaining India to win the Prudential World Cup in 1983 obviously was the highlight of his illustrious career.
- Kapil Dev was born In a timber merchant’s family on 6th January, 1959 in Chandigarh. Surprisingly for such a talented cricketer, there was never a lineage of cricket in his family.
- His father, Ramlal Nikhanj who was a thorough perfectionist and a strict disciplinarian instilled in him the virtues of hard work.
- He was coached by Desh Prem Azad who was the only well known coach in the city of Chandigarh.
- When Kapil was 15 he attended a live-in coaching camp in Bombay. The camp was conducted at the Cricket Club o f India by Hemu Adhikari who also was an ex-India’s test cap and commentator.
- Kapil Dev made his Test debut against Pakistan on 16th October 1978 at Fasilabad in Pakistan. Although India lost the series there was a silver lining at the end of the tour as the series heralded the arrival of Kapil Dev Nikhanj as a fast bowler and an all-rounder of considerable merit.
- He remained India’s spearhead pacemen for a decade and a half. Hence, he was nicknamed as ‘Haryana Huricane’.
- Many believe that he did not take his batting seriously. He was a hard hitter. However, his 5000 plus runs, 434 test wickets and 64 catches reveal that truly he was a great all-rounder.
- Other achievements are his unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe in the World Cup in 1983 when India were tottering at 17/5.
- His four successive sixes of Eddie Hemmings in the first innings of the Lords Test in 1990 to get the 24 runs needed to avoid the follow on, are now, of course, part of cricketing folkfore.
- He accepted the job of the Indian Coach in 1999. All his remarkable deeds have made him the cricketer of the Millennium. Truly an achievement for a simple lad from a timber merchant’s family!
- What was so special about Kapil was he can bowl, both inswinger and outswinger, turning the ball in the air. At that time, England had a similar all-rounder called Ian Botham and there was always a neck and neck race between these two. Fearing his attack, the mighty Australians named his as ‘KAPIL DEVIL!.