Picture of Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | -
Home country:
January 06, 1959, Chandigarh


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. His regime at the top ended in tears, when he was one of the cricketers named by Manoj Prabhakar in the match fixing scandal. In 2007, he joined the Indian Cricket League as the executive member, a parallel body, unrecognized by the BCCI. That however, led to his removal from the NCA.

Fast Facts

  • Led India to the 1983 World Cup win
  • One of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1983
  • Led India to a 2-0 Test win in England in 1986
  • Became highest wicket-taker in the world in 1994, going past Richard Hadlee
  • Retired in late 1994 after a home ODI against the West Indies
  • Also coached the Indian team



  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 131 184 5248 15 31.05 - 8 27 163
ODI 225 198 3783 39 23.79 95.07 1 14 175*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 131 227 27740 12867 434 9/83 / 29.64 2.78 17 23 2 23
ODI 225 221 11202 6945 253 5/43 / 27.45 3.71 3 1 0 55
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 64 0 0
ODI 71 0 5
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 34 4 7 1 22 11.76
ODI 74 39 33 0 2 52.7


India Vs Pakistan at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad - Oct 16, 1978
Last played:
India Vs New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton - Mar 19, 1994
India Vs Pakistan at Ayub National Stadium, Quetta - Oct 01, 1978
Last played:
India Vs West Indies at Nahar Singh Stadium (Mayur Stadium), Faridabad - Oct 17, 1994