Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj was born on 6th January 1959. Popularly known as Kapil Dev, is a famous Indian cricketer. He captained the India to Cricket World Cup victory in the year 1983, He is the only one, who has reached the excellent heights of 400 wickets and 5000 runs, and Kapil Dev is India’s most abundant all-rounder.
Kapil Dev was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002. Kapil Dev was also an Indian’s cricket coach for 10 months. Naturally he was an aggressive player; he usually helped India in crucial situations by handling the attack to the aversion. He retired as India's highest wicket taker in both main Test and ODI formats of the game and on 8th March 2010, Kapil Dev was introduced into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj was born on 6th January 1959 into a Punjabi family of Ram Lal Nikhanj and Raj Kumari Lajwanti. Kapil was the sixth son of his parents, later his family settled in Chandigarh Kapil Dev was a studied at D.A.V. School and in the year 1971, he joined Desh Prem Azad.
He was also bold in attacking the world’s fast-bowlers. At the time of World Cup match against the West Indies in 1983, he drove Michael Holding direct his head for a six, a shot that has been favored remarkable by most against a bowler of Holding pace. In the World Cup Final of 1983, India had dropped to 9/4 when Kapil into the ground to bat, but later it was cut down to 17/5. He makes 175 runs but did not turn out the game completely India’s favour. During that time he was the highest ever individual score in ODI Cricket also the first ODI Century by an Indian.
Other unforgettable event relates to a Test match against England in 1990. When India needed 24 runs to win the match and only one wicket rest Kapil Dev met that target by hitting four continuous sixes off Eddie Hemmings. This showed to be the good decision, and 11th batsman Narendra Hirwani was dismissed.
- ICC Cricket Hall of Fame (2010)
- Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century (2002)
- Padma Bhushan (1991)
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1983)
- Padma Shri (1982)
- Arjuna Award (1979-80)
- In 2005, Kapil Dev picked up 5% stake in Zicom Electronics
- Kapil Dev has written three autobiographical works. By God's Decree came out in 1985 and Cricket my style in 1987. He released his most recent autobiography, titled Straight from the Heart in 2004 (ISBN 1403-92227-6).
- Kapil Dev owns the Kapil's Eleven (2006) restaurants in Chandigarh and Patna. He also owns the Kaptain's Retreat Hotel (1983; renovated and reopened in 2002)[ in Chandigarh.
- Kapil Dev lauched a company Dev Musco Lighting Pvt Limited in partnership with Musco Lighting to install floodlights in major stadiums and sports venues in India. Floodlight projects include GCA Stadium PCA Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, Barabati Stadium, Sector 16 Stadium.
- Kapil Dev has made cameo appearances in the films Chain Khuli ki Main Khuli , Iqbal,and Mujhse Shadi Karogi
- After taking retirement from cricket in 1994, Kapil Dev holds up golf.
- Kapil Dev was the only Asian founding member of Laureus Foundation in 2000. Viv Richards and Ian Botham were the other cricketers on the founding member council of 40. Steve Waugh was added to the Academy members in 2006 when it was expanded from 40 to 42.
Kapil Dev has been strongly attracted by Indian businesses he was the first star brand on Indian Television with his Palmolive da jawab nahin
other endorsements include:
- Boost (1980s & 1990s)
- Hajmola – 1995
- Rado – 2000
- Sony SET Max – 2002.
- Kinetic – 2002
- Jaypee Greens – 2002
- Standard Chartered – 2003
- Omaxe Construction – 2003
- Crocin Pain Relief – 2005.
- Chadha Group – 2006
- Birla Sun-Life Insurance – 2006
- Haier – 2007
- Pamolive Shaving cream
- BSA-SLR bicycles