Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj is a former Indian cricketer who was born on January 6, 1959. He was a hard-hitting middle-order batsman and a fast-medium bowler. He is widely respected as one of the best all-rounders of all time, as well as one of the greatest captains of all time. In 1983, he led India to its first Cricket World Cup victory. In 2002, Wisden called him the Indian Cricketer of the Century.
Records held by Kapil Dev:
- Best innings figures for a captain: 9 for 83 against the West Indies in Ahmedabad (1983)
- Most wickets in a calendar year by an Indian – 75 wickets in 18 Tests (1983)
- Best bowling figures by an Indian captain – 10 for 135 against the West Indies in Ahmedabad (1983)
Records among All-Rounders
- The only player in Test cricket history to score 4000 runs and take 400 wickets – scored 5248 runs and took 434 wickets.
- He was 21 years and 25 days old when he completed the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets.
- Only Test player in history to score 600 runs and take 70 wickets in a calendar year – 619 runs and 74 wickets in 17 Tests (1979)
- The first Indian captain to win a world title was in 1983 when he won the Prudential World Cup.
- First Indian to score a century – 175* against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup at Tunbridge Wells.
- Highest average batting at #5 or below – 175* against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup at Tunbridge Wells.
- First Indian to take 5 wickets in an innings – 5 for 43 against Australia in Nottingham during the 1983 World Cup.
- The first player to score 3000 runs and take 250 wickets.
- Arjuna Award – 1979-80
- Padma Shri – 1982
- Padma Bhushan – 1991