Courtney Walsh and Wasim
took over respectively. Kapil was a truly inspirational cricketer who
charted the course of many a famous Indian victory almost single
Captaining India to win the Prudential World Cup in 1983 obviously was
highlight of his illustrious career.
Dev was born in a
merchant's family on 6th January, 1959 in Chandigarh.
for such a talented cricketer, there was never a lineage of cricket in
family. His father, Ramlal Nikhanj who was a thorough perfectionist and
strict disciplinarian instilled in him the virtues of hard work.
played his first
competitive game of cricket at the young age of 13 and quite
In Chandigarh one Sunday, the Sector 16 team fell one player short and
who had gone to watch the match was roped in. The young Kapil impressed
with his attitude and talent and thus became a regular member of the
sooner did he realise
he had some talent he wanted to excel in the sport. The fighter that he
was, the young lad, fought all odds to test his skills against quality
opposition. His elder brother Bhushan Dev, who was three years older to
gave him the biggest encouragement and at age of 14, Kapil started
playing for DAV
school and college.
was coached by Desh
Azad who was the only well known coach in the city of Chandigarh. Such
love for the game that after the school hours at 1.30 p.m. he would
on his bicycle, take a quick lunch and set out for the cricket ground
p.m. only to be there at 2.40 p.m. When Kapil was 15 he attended a
coaching camp in Bombay. The camp was conducted at the Cricket Club of
Hemu Adhikari who also was an ex-India's test cap and commentator.
long and tiring
practice session the boys were offered a paltry lunch. Kapil was upset
to the organiser, Mr. Tarapore, “I am from the North. I work hard
fast. I am hungry when I finish. I could eat a horse and all you can
give me is
two chappatis". Mr. Tarapore was shocked at his outburst. Mr. Tarapore
then passed a sarcastic remark saying that was India and there were no
bowlers in India. Kapil took this humiliation in his stride but this
went a long way in strengthening his resolve to be the best and fastest
that India has ever produced.
Dev made his Test
against Pakistan on 16th October 1978 at Faisalabad in
Although India lost the series there was a silver lining at the end of
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 Hurricane'.
believe that he did
take his batting seriously. He was a hard hitter. However, his 5000
434 test wickets and 64 catches reveal that truly he was a great all
Other achievements are his unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe in the World
1983 when India were tottering at 17/5. His four successive sixes of
Hemmings in the first innings of the Lords Test in 1990 to get the 24
needed to avoid the follow on, are now, of course, part of cricketing
accepted the job of the
Indian Coach in 1999. All his remarkable deeds have made him the
the Millennium. Truly an achievement for a simple lad from a timber
was so special about Kapil was he can bowl
both inswinger and outswinger, turning the ball in the air. At that
England had a similar all-rounder called Ian Botham, and there was
neck and neck race between these two. Fearing his attack, the mighty
Australians named him as KAPIL DEVIL!.