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Kapil Dev Full Biography, Records, Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Family, & More


Kapil Dev Full Biography


Kapil Dev is the most promising and enthusiastic player in Indian history. Known for his aggressiveness on the field, he is lower middle over batsman. He could cause carnage with the bat in an era before helmets, monster bats, or T20s. He is the most disciplined and fittest man in the match which was highly reflected on field while fielding and leadership. He was so engrossed in the game that he never missed any due to his fitness problems. He marked his name in the history for taking 400 wickets and scoring more than 5000 runs in Test matches making him eternal all-rounder. He was very loyal towards his team.

He made his debut in 1978 and gradually built his career with a stronger foundation. He soon scored India’s fastest Test half-century against Pakistan which opened doors of success for him.

Cricketer- Basic Information

  • Name: Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj
  • Nickname: Haryana Hurricane, KD
  • Role: All-rounder batsman
  • Batting Style: Right-handed batsman
  • Bowling Style: Right-arm fast-medium bowler

Kapil Dev Physical Appearance

  • Height (approx.): 6′
  • Weight (approx.): 80 kgs
  • Eye Colour: Dark Brown
  • Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper

Personal Life Of Kapil Dev

  • Date of Birth
    : 06 January 1959
  • Age: 61 years ( As of 2020)
  • Birth Place: Chandigarh, India
  • Zodiac sign: Capricorn
  • Nationality: Indian
  • School: DAV Senior Secondary School,  Chandigarh, India
  • College: Did not attend
  • Educational Qualifications: NA
  • Net Worth: Rs 5 Lakhs/match

Family & Religion

  • Father: Ram Lal Nikhanj
  • Mother: Raj Kumari Lajwanti
  • Brother: Ramesh, Bhushan
  • Sister: Pinky Gill
  • Coach/Mentor: Desh Prem Azad
  • Religion: Hinduism
  • Address: Sundar Nagar, Delhi.

Cricket Career Of Kapil Dev

  • Test: 16 – 21 October 1978 against Pakistan at Faislabad,
  • ODI: 1 October 1978 against Pakistan at Qutten,
  • T20: NA
  • Jersey Number: NA (during his time cultural jersey was not there)
  • Domestic/State Teams: Haryana, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire
  • Nature on the field: Calm
  • Records (main ones):
  • Career Turning point: Not Known
  • Teams: Haryana, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, India

Batting Career 

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 131 184 15 5248 163 31.05 5538 94.76 8 0 27 587 61
ODI 225 198 39 3783 175 23.79 3979 95.07 1 0 14 291 67


Bowling Career

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 131 227 27740 12867 434 9/83 11/146 2.78 29.65 63.92 23 2
ODI 225 221 11202 6945 253 5/43 5/43 3.72 27.45 44.28 1 0



Highlighted Records Of Kapil Dev

Test Cricket
• In 1994, Kapil Dev broke Richard Hadlee’s record of the highest Test wicket-taker in the world, which was later broken by Courtney Walsh in 1999
• Only player to have more than 5000 test runs (5248) and 400 wickets (434).
• Youngest test cricketer to take 100 (21 years, 25 days), 200 (24 years) and 300 wickets (27 years, 2 days)
• Only test captain to take a 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)
• Highest ODI score when batting at number 6 position or lower; as well in World Cup           history(175*)

Kapil Dev Preferences & Hobbies

  • Hobbies: Playing Golf, Table Tennis, Squash & Watching films
  • Favorite Cricketers: Don Bradman, Richard Hadlee
  • Favorite Sportspersons: NA
  • Favorite Food: Thai and Italian Cuisines
  • Favorite Color: NA
  • Food Habits: Non – Vegetarian
  • Favorite Actors: NA

Kapil Dev Relationship Status

  • Marital Status: Married
  • Wife: Romi Bhatiya
  • Marriage Date: Year 1980
  • Children: Amiya Dev

Awards and Recognitions

1979-80: 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 Fame


2013: CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award

Controversies did by Navdeep Saini ( Indian Cricketer )

  • In 1999, at the height of the match-fixing allegation, former BCCI president I S Bindra alleged that Kapil Dev had offered 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 a heavily discounted rate. The company in question was owned by an 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 brought the shares of the company worth around ₹6 crores when the actual cost, as per the book value, was ₹32 crore.

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Lesser-Known Facts

  • After India’s partition, his parents had migrated from Montgomery, which is now Sahiwal in Pakistan, to Fazilka in Punjab (India).
  • After some years in Fazilka, his family moved to Chandigarh.
  • In November 1975, still two months short of his 17th birthday, Kapil Dev made his first-class debut playing for his home state Haryana against Punjab; where he got 6 wickets for just 39 runs. However, the same year, his father passed away; without seeing his son to conquer the world of Cricket.
  • Then came a minor heartbreak, when Kapil was not selected to play in the final eleven of the Combined Universities team to play against Tony Greg’s English side at Nagpur.
  • Former sports in charge of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-C,  V.P. Paul, says- “He would listen to the commentary endlessly during school hours also. Kapil was a triple jumper and even won medals at the junior level in school”.
  • Recalling the first meeting with Kapil Dev, Desh Prem Azad (Kapil Dev’s mentor), had said- “I had rejected Kapil at the first instance on his looks.”


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