Melbourne fifer to Lord’s sixes: Kapil Dev reveals eight best moments of his career
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Updated: March 22, 2020 1:11:38 pm


Kapil Dev was the primary World Cup-winning captain for India. (Express Photo)

When it comes to being thought to be the best all-rounder the world of cricket has ever seen, Kapil Dev is at all times within the combine of choices. If not the best, he’s definitely one of them — alongside Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee, Ian Botham, Clive Rice, and Malcolm Marshall in 1980s. The zenith of his career was when he led India to their first-ever World Cup victory in 1983 on the Lord’s by defeating two-time champions West Indies.

Recently, the 61-year-old was chosen because the Indian cricketer of the 20th century by Wisden, and in dialog with them, he shared the eight standout moments from his career, the place he scored 5248 Test runs, 3783 ODI runs and picked 434 Test wickets and 253 ODI wickets.

No balls throughout a Ranji Trophy match, 1975

When Haryana met Punjab in a Ranji Trophy match in Rohtak in 1975, Kapil Dev had bowled many no-balls attempting to bowl fast in that encounter as a result of it was his first time taking part in on a pitch. All his childhood, he had simply educated bowling on matting wickets in Chandigarh.

First Test century in opposition to West Indies, 1979

Kapil Dev hit his first Test century in Delhi in opposition to West Indies within the fifth match of the collection which was by the way method earlier than his first five-wicket haul within the format. “People started saying, ‘He’s an all-rounder, he can bat’, and that helps you stay in the team. It also helps you bowl with a more aggressive mindset. You think, ‘I can contribute with the bat, so I can bowl with some extra pace and try a thing or two’,” recalled Dev.

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The youngest to 1,000 Test runs and 100 Test wickets, 1980

Kapil Dev was the youngest participant ever to attain the double of 1,000 Tests and 100 wickets, which he achieved within the sixth Test in opposition to Pakistan in Kolkata in 1980. “Reaching 100 Test wickets was very important though because I was the first seam bowler to take that many wickets from India. That was special,” he recounted.

5/28 in opposition to Australia in Melbourne, 1981

Kapil Dev nearly guided India to their maiden Test collection Down Under within the tour of 1981, through which he turned up with the nice. Despite having a thigh damage within the Melbourne Test, Dev picked up 5/28 on the ultimate morning. “Sunny [Gavaskar] suggested I take a break but I said, ‘No, I’m just getting my rhythm. Don’t stop me. Let me bowl.’ I was used to bowling long spells and at that point, my focus shifted to wickets, not my thigh. That’s when the game changed,” he mentioned.

Kapil Dev scalped 434 Test wickets and 253 ODI wickets in his career. (Express Photo)

Beating West Indies for the primary time in ODIs, 1983

West Indies was undoubtedly the best workforce within the late 1970s and early 1980s, and India hardly ever received any wins over the Clive Lloyd-led workforce. But it was Kapil Dev’s heroics that led India to register a 27-run win, the primary in opposition to the Caribbeans, after the captain hit 77 with the bat and picked two wickets with the ball within the second ODI in Guyana.

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Benson and Hedges World Series finals win over Pakistan, 1985

“In a way, this was the most special moment for us as a team, even more, special than the World Cup win of 1983. A lot of people said our win in 1983 was a fluke, whereas in this tournament people believed that we were genuinely good enough to pick up the trophy,” Kapil mentioned.

Tied Test in opposition to Australia in Chennai, 1986

The tied Test between India and Australia in Chennai in 1986 received solid within the folklore of Indian Test matches as Kapil Dev scored an unbeaten 119 within the first innings. India made 397 in reply to Australia’s 574/7d, which had Dean Jones making 210 and David Boon and Allan Border making centuries. “I was very aggressive, hitting over cover, over mid-on, over mid-off, wherever I had the opportunity. I was more bothered with getting runs than defending my wicket,” mentioned Dev.

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The 4 sixes in opposition to England at Lord’s, 1990

Although India misplaced the primary Test in opposition to England in 1990 by a large 247 runs owing to Graham Gooch’s 333 and 123, Kapil Dev’s (77*) four consecutive sixes off Eddie Hemmings is eternally etched in cricket historical past. He is the one batsman to obtain this feat in Tests. He says, “I did plan to attack Eddie Hemmings but I didn’t plan for four sixes.”

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