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Legend of 1983 Cricket World Cup- Kapil Dev turned 62

Legend of 1983 Cricket World Cup- Kapil Dev turned 62 on his Birthday on 6 January. 37 years ago, India raised its first-ever Cricket World Cup title, defeating two-time World Cup Champion West Indies in the final match by 43 runs at England’s Lord cricket ground under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj known as Kapil Dev was born on January 6, 1959, in Chandigarh, India. He was an Indian cricketer and the greatest pace bowler and one of the most successful cricketers in India’s history. He is the only cricketer in the world to have achieved over 5,000 runs and caught more than 400 wickets in international Test match cricket.

Legend of 1983 Cricket World Cup- Kapil Dev turned 62
Legend of 1983 Cricket World Cup- Kapil Dev turned 62

Kapil Dev made his domestic cricket debut playing for his state, Haryana. On 16 October 1978, he made his International test cricket debut at the age of 19 against Pakistan, his test cricket debut was, unfortunately, an unimpressive one. He was a member of the Indian national team for a 1978–79 Test series against Pakistan. He didn’t perform well in the series but he startled the Pakistani batsman with his amazing pace bowling and bouncers. In the third Test Match of the series against the Pakistan cricket team of the same tour, he scored the quickest Test half-century with just 33 ball deliveries. Dev played with great enthusiasm, controlling an extraordinary outswinger delivery and aggressiveness that Indian cricket had not witnessed in a long while. 

On 1 October 1978, The legendary Cricketer Kapil Dev made his One Day International Cricket match debut against Pakistan. In January 1979, Dev scored his first Test century 126 runs off just 124 deliveries against almighty West Indies in Delhi. In the 70s where the West Indies was the greatest team, Kapil Dev scored his first test century against them it boosts his confidence and it did make a big impression on Indian cricket fans. He proved himself as India’s first fast bowler after taking two 5-wicket take-ups in Test matches and ended a base series by getting 28 wickets against Australia. Before the Cricket World Cup of 1983, India voyaged to England where Kapil Dev played remarkably well with scoring a century 130 runs and a five-wicket but unfortunately in a losing cause. 

Captain Kapil Dev playing against Zimbabwe
Captain Kapil Dev playing against Zimbabwe

Before the World Cup of 1983, Kapil Dev was made Indian cricket team captain, he replaced Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. In the World Cup in a match against Zimbabwe, Indian team Captain Kapil Dev saved the match by securing 175 runs off just 138 balls. Indian won the match by 31 runs. This century came when the famous well-known top order batsmen of India did nothing and got out early. In the world cup, India only lost two matches one to Australia and another to the West Indies. 

Kapil Dev receiving World Cup trophy
Kapil Dev receiving World Cup trophy

In the Semi-final of the World Cup, India beat Host England by six wickets and has to play against West Indies in the final. In 1983 West Indies was hoping for a hat-trick of World Cup titles. World Cup final started and Viv Richards was at strike, he hit the ball aggressively that Kapil Dev grabbed at deep square leg after running back for over 20 arm-span. This is one of the finest catches in World Cup history or we could say in the history of cricket. This tremendously unbelievable catch was also a turning point in the 1983 World Cup Final. In the final match, India got all-out at 183 runs and Dev got only 15 runs and took only one wicket, but due to the good bowling display of Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath, India bowled the whole team of West Indies at 140 runs and won its first World Cup. India won its first-ever World Cup match by 43 runs.

In 1994, he became the highest wicket-taker in the world defeating the record of Sir Richard Hadlee. His record was broken by Courtney Walsh the player of West Indies in 1999. He is the only player to accomplish the all-rounder’s double of 4000 test runs and 400 wickets. He was awarded as “Indian Cricketer of the Century” by Wisden in the year 2002. He has also been honored with Arjuna Award and Padma Bhushan awards by the Indian Government.