Published By: Orna Ghosh

Facts about Kapil Dev that one must know.

Cricket and cricketers have an ever-lasting impact on most of us. 

In India, cricket is one of the popular sports, which gets played in every nook and corner of the country. Kapil Dev is the cricketing legend who set the landmark of India’s glorious victory by lifting the winner’s trophy at the 1983 Cricket World Cup. It was a moment of pride for the entire nation.

Today, Kapil Dev gets popularly known as the greatest fast-bowler and all-rounder of India. It got evidence that he used to bowl at the speed of 140 kmph and had the stamina of a marathon runner. The bearer of on-field records and achievements, the Haryana Hurricane made sure that his legacy gets carried throughout the journey of Indian cricket. Let us know more about Kapil Dev's journey.

Kapil Dev made his first impression by taking six wickets for Haryana in November 1975. After that, he was an outshining team member of the Haryana cricket team for 17 years (1975-1992). Kapil Dev gained attention among the community by finishing his debut first-class season (1975-1976) by hauling 121 wickets in 30 matches.

Kapil Dev never ran out in his test match career. It might be tough to believe, but it is true. You can review the game in all the 184 test matches he played.

Kapil Dev lives happily with his small family in South Delhi. He has his wife Romi Bhatia and daughter Amiya Dev in his family. Although, we find Kapil Sir as an outspoken person. But he couldn't find the courage to express his feelings for Romi Ma'am. Finally, however, this extraordinary man came up with an ultimate proposal scene. It was on a train journey when he went on and asked Romi: do you want to take a picture of this place to show it to our children? The rest remained history.

Kapil Dev’s life after retirement is glamourous as usual. He took up golf after retiring from cricket in 1994. Today, Kapil Dev gets known as the founding member of Laureus Foundation in 2000, along with Ian Botham, Viv Richards and others.

Kapil Dev has patriotic contributions too. On 24th September 2008, he got commissioned as an honorary Lieutenant Colonel at the Indian territorial Army.

Kapil Dev has got three autobiographical works- By God’s Decree (1985), Cricket my Style (1987 and Straight from the Heart (2004). In December 2021, Kabir Khan is coming up with a movie based on Kapil Dev’s life. You can watch it to find more about his journey.