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Kapil Dev was India's greatest fast bowler, our greatest fast-bowling all-rounder and led the team to our finest triumph: the 1983 World Cup title.
He was born on 6th January 1959 in Chandigarh, Punjab to Ram Lal Nikhanj and Raj Kumari Lajwanti.
Kapil Dev made his domestic debut for Haryana against Punjab in Nov. 1975 and international debut against Pakistan on 16th Oct 1978.
Kapil Dev debuted as India's captain in the 1982-83 season against Sri Lanka. He also captained the World Cup winning team in 1983.
Kapil Dev led from the front with 303 runs, 12 wickets and 7 catches in 8 matches - a truly all-round performance. Eventually we won the World Cup.
Kapil Dev at Lords in 1983 with World Cup.
He formally retired in 1994, after formally breaking Richard Hadlee's record for most Test wickets.
He was one of the greatest all-rounders the game has ever produced. He holds the distinction of taking 400 test wickets and scoring more than 5000 runs.
He was the coach of Indian National Team in 1999-2000 for 10 months.
In July 2002, he pipped long time team-mate Gavaskar and crowd favourite Tendulkar to win the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century award.
At the height of the match-fixing allegation by Manoj Prabhakar - a charge that was subsequently dismissed - Kapil resigned as coach.
On 24 September 2008 Kapil Dev joined the Indian Territorial Army and was commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel by General Deepak Kapoor, Chief of the Army Staff.
In 2010 he was inducted in ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.