Thursday, February 14, 2008

kapil dev biography

Full Name: Kapildev Ramlal NikhanjBorn: January 6, 1959, ChandigarhMajor teams: India, Haryana, Northamptonshire, WorcestershireBatting style: Right-hand batBowling style: Right-arm fast-mediumAchievements:Captained India to World Cup victory n 1983; broke Richard Hadlee's record of 431 wickets in Test cricket; first ODI century by an Indian; only cricketer to score 4,000 Test runs and take 400 wickets; named Indian Cricketer of the Century by WisdenKapil Dev is widely regarded as one of the finest all-rounders the game has ever seen. Kapil's all-round capabilities catapulted the Indian team to the pinnacle of success and it was but natural that Wisden named him the Indian Cricketer of the Century. Kapil made his international cricket debut against Pakistan at Faisalabad in 1978-79 and immediately shouldered the responsibility of spearheading India's pace attack. For a long time his name was synonymous with pace bowling in India and his feats inspired a generation of youngsters to take up fast bowling. Of all his achievements, the World Cup victory in 1983 was a defining moment for cricket in India. As India captain, Kapil played an instrumental role in the country's success. Against Zimbabwe when India was reeling at 17 for 5, Kapil plundered the Zimbabwe attack to bail India to safety. With India's World Cup triumph the One Day game caught the fancy of the Indian masses.

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