Mumbai: The great veteran Indian cricketer who gave new meaning to the game by winning first World Cup trophy for the country, Kapil Dev turned 68-year-old today. We bring you some special pictures from his life.
On his first-class debut, Kapil bowled out Punjab for 63 runs with six wickets to his name. Kapil finished his debut first-class season (1975-76) with 121 wickets in 30 matches. A feat that surprised the nation. Kapil Dev played his first Test match against Pakistan in Faisalabad on October 16, 1978.
Kapil held the world record for the most number of wickets (434) in Test cricket for eight years. The record was broken by West Indies fast bowler, Courtney Walsh in the year, 2000. He scored 303 runs and has taken 12 wickets and 7 catches in 8 matches-this was Kapil Dev’s statistics in the 1983 World Cup. A patriot by heart, Kapil Dev joined the Indian Territorial Army as a honorary Lieutenant Colonel on September 24, 2008. Named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002. On 8 March 2010, Kapil Dev was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Kapil dev was appointed coach of the Indian national cricket team in 1999, succeeding Anshuman Gaekwad.
In 2005, he acted in a brief role in the Cult Movie Iqbal written by Vipul K Rawal where he played himself.
After retirement from cricket in 1994, Kapil Dev took up golf. Kapil was the only Asian founding member of Laureus Foundation in 2000.
He has written three autobiographical works. By God’s Decree came out in 1985 and Cricket my style in 1987. He released his most recent autobiography, titled Straight from the Heart in 2004.
Kapil has made cameo appearances in the films Dillagi… Yeh Dillagi, Iqbal, Chain Khuli ki Main Khuli and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi.