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Kapil Dev Nikhanj | Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar | Roger Michael Humphrey Binny | Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri | Mohinder Amarnath | Sunil Manohar "Sunny" Gavaskar
Kapil's most memorable knock was an unbeaten 175 in the 1983 World Cup against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells in England, where he rescued India from 17 for five to 266 in 60 overs.
Kapil has claimed 434 Test and 253 One-day wickets in 15 years. He
surpassed Richard Hadlee of New Zealand to become the world's highest
wicket taker. Walsh of West Indies recently beat him to the world record.
Ever since he broke on the cricketing scene in 1978 as a young fast bowler, Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj has become a household name in Indian cricket. Kapil Dev was the first genuine fast bowler on Indian soil and toiled hard under conditions not very conducive for his type of bowling to become the highest wicket taker in the world.
West Indian war horse Courtney Walsh recently surpassed Kapil's great effort of 434 Test wickets. Though Kapil reached the pinnacle of glory in Test cricket, his high water mark was winning the World Cup in 1983. He was named as the Wisden "Cricketer of the Year" in 1983.
Kapil began his career at Pakistan under the captaincy of Bishen Singh Bedi in 1978. He never looked back, emerging as the strike bowler for India.
Kapil made his Test and Limited Overs International (LOI) debuts in Pakistan during India's tours of 1978-79. Both his debuts were not very impressive in terms of wickets taken.
The tall and well-built Haryana 'Jat' showed that he had the potential to develop into a world-beater. The innings against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup stands out for his ability to win matches single-handedly.
With India tottering at 17 for five, the country's chances of making further progress in the championship looked very bleak. But Kapil scored a marvelous unbeaten 175 (a record which stood for a long time) to take India through to World Cup triumph.
|Full name||Kapildev Ramlal Nikhanj|
|Born||January 6, 1959, Chandigarh|
|Major teams||India, Haryana, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire|
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Test debut||Pakistan v India at Faisalabad - Oct 16-21, 1978|
|Last Test||New Zealand v India at Hamilton - Mar 19-23, 1994|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v India at Quetta - Oct 1, 1978|
|Last ODI||India v West Indies at Faridabad - Oct 17, 1994|
|First-class span||1975/76 - 1993/94|
|List A span||1977/78 - 1994/95|