He is also the first person to lift the World Cup for India way back in 1983, when no one gave India an outside chance of making the knockouts. He burst into the scene at a time when Mumbai was the cricketing bastion and most players came from the big metro cities, being a rank outsider to the scheme of things, the Haryana allrounder made it to the Indian cricket team and went on to lead it successfully.
The tale of a rank outsider who went on to be one of India’s best all rounders till date, introducing Kapil Dev.
In this article we are going to take you on a journey, where you relive the magical moments from Kapil Dev’s archives.
We trace back to 1990, when India toured England, the venue was Lord’s. England had got a mammoth 653 runs in their first innings. Gooch had got a triple ton 333. The moment we are talking about is when Kapil Dev hit Eddie Hemmings for four consecutive sixes. Those days it was a monumental feat.
Now we go even back in history, this is when Kapil Dev made his debut in 1978-79. The opposition was Pakistan. Here Kapil Dev bowls a devastating first over to Majid Khan of Pakistan, this is when and where it all started, The Legend of Kapil Dev.
In this video, you see the all round abilities by the man from Haryana. With the bat he is ominous and with the ball he is lethal. Watch the all round brilliance and enjoy the legend’s career.
This has to be one of the most memorable moments in the genius’ career spanning two decades. In this instance the match is being played in front of a packed house in Sharjah. The battle of the legends, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev. Kapil steams in, bowls to Imran Khan, Imran goes for a wild swing only to see his middle stumps go for a walk.
Now we trace back to 1981, when India toured Australia in 1981, the match was being played at the MCG, on a dreadful pitch. That is when Kapil Dev just a glimpse of the terror he can be. He tore into the Australian lower order to land victorious.
Another epic from the Kapil archive, this is a match in 1990 played between India and England. Kapil Dev this time impresses us with the willow in his hands. This is one of his personal favourites as well.
In this video, you will realise how effective he was with the red cherry in his hand. He bowls some unplayable deliveries, which even batsmen of today would have had a problem in countering.
This again has to be one of his best. This is a batting effort that would make him proud. India were playing England in the first Test in 1982. Kapil’s heroics with the bat left the hosts in a tizzy. The Haryana Hurricane smashed 89 off 55 balls.
The last but not not the least, this is one for the road for sure. In 1986, Kapil Dev hit the biggest six of his career in front of a packed SCG crowd of the bowling of Greg Matthews.