Kapil Dev is a name synonymous with Indian cricket. It was under
Kapil that India took that huge step towards becoming a cricketing powerhouse
by winning the 1983 World Cup, beating the odds against the mighty West Indies
in the final.
Kapil’s contribution to Indian cricket is immense. He was the first fast bowler
from India who got genuine respect from batsmen the world over. Before him,
India had produced a battery of military medium pacers but with his arrival the
fast bowling scene in India changed for good. Here was a fast bowler who could
swing both ways and if needed could also throw down “body-blows”.
If you thought describing Kapil could be stopped just there, you are wrong
because he was equally devastating with the bat and matched Imran Khan, Richard
Hadlee, Ian Botham – his contemporaries – shot for shot. His eight Test
centuries attest to his batting credentials. His 175 not out against Zimbabwe
in a Group B match in the 1983 World Cup is considered by many the best ODI
innings of all-time. In 1994 during a home Test against Sri Lanka, he became
the highest wicket-taker in the world then, going past Hadlee’s tally of 431
wickets. His Test figures of 9/83 in an innings was best for an Indian bowler
before Anil Kumble improved it.
He won the Indian cricketer of the century award in 2002, and went
on to coach the Indian team post retirement. In 2007, he joined the Indian Cricket
League as the executive member. He speaks about team building, leadership and
his journey of winning world cup and bringing glory to the nation.
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