Kapil Dev - Indian Cricketer of the Century

The man with a grin almost as big as the subcontinent itself, has been named Indian Cricketer of the Century, as adjudged by a panel of experts from Wisden.

India's Kapil Dev, who enjoyed a career in international cricket spanning 16 years and who led India to it's World Cup win in 1983, has enjoyed many accolades, but this is by far his finest achievement, even after being named Wisden International Cricketer of the Year in 1983.

Although the talents of many other Indian cricketers were scrutinised by the panel, amongst them, current test player Sachin Tendulkar and former great Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil's allround performance with bat and ball was considered superior and snared him the title.


Kapildev Ramlal Nikhanj - Known as: Kapil Dev

Born: 6 January 1959, Chandigarh - India

Played for: Haryana - Northamptonshire - Worcestershire - India

Batting Style: Right Hand

Bowling Style: Right Arm Fast Medium Pace

Test Debut: Ind v Pak at Faisalabad, 1st Test, 1978-79

Last Test: Ind v Nzl at Hamilton, Only Test, 1993-94

ODI Debut: Ind v Pak at Quetta, 1st ODI, 1978-79

Last ODI: Ind v Windies at Faridabad, 1st ODI, 1994-95

Career Stats

Bowling Summary

434 Wickets at an average of 29.64

Batting Summary

5248 runs at an average of 31.05 in 131 test matches

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