Kapil Dev Nikhanj has been declared as the `Indian Cricketer of the Century’ by Wisden in 2002. He was born on 6th January 1959 in Chandigarh.Kapil Dev has always been a fitness enthusiast. He ran from Chandigarh to Ambala several times. He barged into the Indian national side on his own merit as a right arm medium fast pace bowler in 1979 for the series against Pakistan.
After Syed Abed Ali’s retirement, India was always short of a good medium fast pace bowler who could trouble batsmen with his swing bowling. Kapil Dev’s action was elegant and he possessed an efficient out swinger, making him India’s main strike bowler throughout his tenure of fifteen years. In a team of diminutive masters, he was a tall giant to look up to.
Kapil Dev is also known as the `Haryana Hurricane’. He was an aggressive player both with the bat and the ball. He has helped India in many tough situations by attacking and taking the game to the opposition. His highest contribution has been during the world cup series in England in 1983 when he lifted India after a disastrous start of 17/5 in the crucial game against Zimbabwe to score an unbeaten 175 with a stellar support from Syed Mujtaba Hussain Kirmani to help India win an almost impossible game. He motivated the team so much with this performance of his as well as his unbelievably memorable catch to take out Sir Vivian Richards in the final that India went on to become the world cup champions. He made the entire country proud with his achievement along with a superb team effort. When given the responsibility of leading India in the world cup in 1983, he stood up and delivered beyond all expectations.