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Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj , better known as Kapil Dev, is a former Indian cricketer.

Kapil Dev
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Kapil Dev
Personal information
Full name Kapil Dev Ram lal Nikhanj
Born (1959-01-06) 6 January 1959 (age 57)
Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm Fast
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut 16 October 1978 v Pakistan
Last Test 19 March 1994 v New Zealand
ODI debut 1 October 1978 v Pakistan
Last ODI 17 October 1994 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1975–1992 Haryana
1984–1985 Worcestershire
1981–1983 Northamptonshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 131 225 275 309
Runs scored 5,248 3,783 11,356 5,461
Batting average 31.05 23.79 32.91 24.59
100s/50s 8/27 1/14 18/56 2/23
Top score 163 175* 193 175*
Balls bowled 27,740 11,202 48,853 14,947
Wickets 434 253 835 335
Bowling average 29.64 27.45 27.09 27.34
5 wickets in innings 23 1 39 2
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 3 n/a
Best bowling 9/83 5/43 9/83 5/43
Catches/stumpings 64/– 71/– 192/– 99/–
Source: Cricinfo, 24 January 2008

Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj ( ; born 6 January 1959), better known as Kapil Dev, is a former Indian cricketer.

He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002, Kapil Dev is one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. He was also India's national cricket coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000.

Kapil was a right-arm pace bowler noted for his graceful action and potent outswinger, and was India's main strike bowler for most of his career. He also developed a fine inswinging yorker during the 1980s, which he used very effectively against tail-enders. As a batsman, he was a natural striker of the ball who could hook and drive effectively. A naturally aggressive player, he often helped India in difficult situations by taking the attack to the opposition. Nicknamed The Haryana Hurricane, he represented the Haryana cricket team in domestic cricket. He retired in 1994, holding the world record for the most number of wickets taken in Test cricket, a record subsequently broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000. At the time, he was also India's highest wicket taker in both major forms of cricket, Tests and ODIs. He is the only player in the history of cricket to have taken more than 400 wickets (434 wickets) and scored more than 5,000 runs in Tests, making him one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game. On 8 March 2010, Kapil Dev was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.