Kapil Dev Biography|Kapil Dev Journey


Kapil Dev (Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj), an Indian cricketer and the greatest pace bowler in his country’s (Kapil Dev) history. He was born on 6th January, 1959 in Chandigarh India. He is the only cricketer to have scored over 5,000 runs and taken (All About Kapil Dev) more than 400 wickets in test (International match) cricket. Kapil Dev made his debut in first-class c on the lead the country’s bowling attack for the next two decades. He ended his test (Kapil Dev Wife) career with a record 434 wickets in 131 Test matches (Kapil Dev Family) including 23 five wicket (Kapil Dev Children) matches. In one-day Internationals, he took 253 wickets over 225 games.

Kapil Dev Biography


Full Name

Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj

Nickname Haryana Hurricane, KD
Profession Cricketer, Businessman

Physical Appearance of Kapil Dev

Height (approx.) in cm -183cm



in feet inches -6′

Weight (approx.) in kg -80kg

in pounds -176Ibs

Eye Colour Dark Brown Colour
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Cricket Career Of Kapil Dev

International Debut ODI– 1 October 1978 against Pakistan at Quetta

Test– 16-21 October against Pakistan at Faisalabad

International Retirement ODI- 17 October 1994 against West Indies at Faridabad

Test- 19-23 March 1994 against New Zealand at Hamilton

Jersey Number N/A
Domestic/State Teams Haryana, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire
Coach/Mentor Desh Prem Azad
Batting Style Right-Handed
Bowling Style Right-arm fast-medium
Favourite Ball Out-swing & In-swing Yorker
Favourite Shot Hook & Drive
Records Test Cricket

  • In 1994, Kapil Dev broke Richard Handlee’s record of the highest Test wicket-taker in the world.
  • Only player to have more than 5000 test runs (5248) and 400 wickets (434).
  • Most innings in a career (184) without being run out.
  • Youngest test cricketer to take 100 (21 years, 25 days), 200 (24 years), 300 wickets (27 years, 2 days).
  • Only Test Captain to take 9 wicket haul in a test innings.

ODI Cricket

  • Highest Wicket-taker till his retirement in 1994 (253 wickets).
  • Highest ever Peak rating (631, on 22 March 1985).
  • Most number of balls in an ODI innings when batting at number 6 position in ODI history (138, tied with Neil McCallum).
  • Highest ODI score when batting at number 6 position or lower; as well in World Cup history.

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Awards Received By Kapil Dev

1970-80 Arjuna Award


1982 Padma Shri
1983 Wisden Cricketer Of The Year
1991 Padma Bhushan
2002 Wisden Indian Cricketer Of The Century
2008 Honoured as Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army
2010 ICC Cricket Hall Of Frame
2013 CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award

Personal Life Of Kapil Dev

Date Of Birth 6 January 1959
Age (as in 2021) 62 Years
Birth Place Chandigarh, India
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Nationality Indian
Hometown Chandigarh, India
School DAV Senior Secondary School, sector 8-C, Chandigarh
College/University Did Not Attend
Educational Qualification Not Known
Religion Hinduism
Caste Jat
Food Habit Non-vegetarian
Political Inclination Not Known
Address A Sprawling House at Sundar Nagar, Delhi
Hobbies Playing Golf, Table Tennis, and Squash, Watching Films

Relationship Of Kapil Dev

Marital Status Married
Marriage Date Year 1980

Kapil Dev Family

Parents Father- Ram Lal Nikhanj (Teak Merchant; died in 1975)

Mother- Rajkumari Lajwanti (died in 2009)

Siblings Brother (s)- Ramesh (Younger), Bhushan (Elder)

Sister (s)- Naresh, Manju, Neeru and Pinky Gill


Romi Bhatia


Children Son- None

Daughter-  Amiya Dev  (born; 16 January 1996)


Kapil Dev Biography

Favourite Thing About Kapil Dev

Favourite Cricketer Batsman- Ian Botham, Don Bradman

Bowler(s)- Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee

Favourite Food Cheese, Thai and Italian Cuisines

Kapil Dev Lifestyle 

  • Four Door Porsche Panamera Sedan
  • C-Class Mercedes (HR 26 DA 1983)
  • Mercedes GLS 350 d (HR 26 DB 1983)
  • Toyota Fortuner (DL 8 CAF 1983)
  • Elevens- The Kaptains Retreat restaurants in Sector-35, Chandigarh
  • Elevens- The Kaptains Retreat restaurants at Fraser Road in Patna, Bihar
  • 5% stake in Zicom Electronics
  • Dev Musco Lightening Pvt Limited in partnership with Musco Lightening to install floodlights in sports venues in India
  • SAMCO Ventures; holding company for SAMCO Securities

Controversies Of Kapil Dev

-In 1999, at the height of the match- fixing allegation, former BCCI President I S Bindra alleged that Kapil Dev has offer money to Manoj Prabhakar to under-perform during the 1994 India tour of Sri Lanka. Following the allegation Kapil Dev had to resign as the coach of the Indian National Cricket Team however, later the charge was dismissed.

– In 2016, he came under the Income Tax scanner for purchasing shares of a company at heavily discounted rate. The company in question was owned by associate of Yadav Singh- the tainted former Chief Engineer of Noida Authority. According to the IT department report, Dev and his wife Romi Dev with two others were the shareholders of the company named Business Bay Corporate Parks Private Limited. Dev and others bought the shares of company worth around ₹6 Crore when the actual cost as per the book value was ₹32 Crore.


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