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Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev
Personal information
Full name Kapil Dev Ram lal Nikhanj
Born (1959-01-06) 6 January 1959 (age 58)
Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm Fast
Role All-rounder
International information
National side


Test debut (cap 142) 16 October 1978 v Pakistan
Last Test 19 March 1994 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 25) 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/–

I was a naughty kid. Teachers did not like me much.
Sports is my passion.
I, as a cricketer, would like to see 100 counties playing top-flight cricket, just like tennis and football. If I am alive to see that, I will be very happy.
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As an Indian, I would like to back my government.
Cricket is very simple... you play till you can sustain.
I feel that World Cup cricket should be played like football in which all the 160 countries take part. If only a handful of countries are going to keep on playing in the World Cup without making the game popular, I will be a sad man.
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When you take risks and things don't go your way, you can be heavily criticised by the media.
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The next generation has always been and will be better than the previous one. If it is not, then the world would not be moving forward.
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I have no political aspirations. That's it.
Speed can't always get you wickets.
If I can teach cricket overseas, why wouldn't I do so in my own country?
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I wasn't a ladies' man.
Cricket has become more popular, not me… When the game grows, those who've played it also 'grow.'
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Selectors can't please everyone, but I am OK if they are working for the benefit of Indian cricket. It's an administrative decision to appoint a selection committee, and I would like to let them do their job.
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As a sportsman, my aim was to help sportspersons grow. The idea is to see what is good for sport rather than what's good for individuals.
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I don't look into negative things. Go past mistakes and look forward.
My best wishes are with Indian cricket in general. I wish each one of our cricketers success at the international and domestic level.
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No cricket should be played for at least a month anywhere in the world after a World Cup.
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It is always nice when you are honoured. The Lifetime award makes me feel old. I am only 55.
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When you have to work, work with a smile.
The hunger to win must not die... The appetite has to remain big.
It isn't easy being a celebrity cricketer in India.
My role models have kept on changing.
Good sports facilities are a blessing.
If you play good cricket, a lot of bad things get hidden.
When I was a boy, cricket was very, very English. Anyone who spoke English and anyone from a big town could play. And that was it.
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Fast bowling is an art, like spin bowling.
The biggest test for any cricketer in England is the weather.
People often ask me whether I believe in God. I haven't seen God. But I think that one's beliefs are one's God – and, in those terms, yes, God is there.
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As I enter a new phase of life and my circle broadens, I start learning new things.
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Irrespective of any political party, I am a supporter of good people who want to do something for the society.
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I am not too intelligent.
Spirituality lies in what you do and how you do it and not what result you get.
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Sports should not become routine. It should be about passion.
In the long run, I believe that honesty is definitely the best policy. One can get away by being dishonest for a short term, but ultimately, honesty is what pays.
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I always breathe cricket.
All artists are crazy.
I have great respect for Jaypee Greens as a company that has produced a truly world class, 24-carat, championship golf course. I am happy to be associated with a company with such outstanding qualities.
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I never said, 'I wouldn't help a cricketer if he approaches me.'
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There is inspiration all around us.
Certain cricketers are meant to play Test cricket.
All you have to do is to dream big and try to fulfil it.
Apart from education, you need good health, and for that, you need to play sports.
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I think pride is more important sometimes than making money.
Maybe a day will come when we may have to just put on a pair of glasses and see sports events.
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Every person gets negative things, they learn from those negative things, and you become a positive person.
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Virat Kohli has so far shown that he has more ability and talent than anybody else, and if he can play till 32 or 34 with same fitness and without injuries, he will come to a point where not even Vivian Richards neither Sachin Tendulkar had such a record.
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Let me clarify it through the national news agency that I am not joining Aam Aadmi Party. There has been reports that I will be officially joining AAP, but I can assure you that nothing of that sort is happening.
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If your work becomes a source of enjoyment and a challenge, it will never seem like work – it will be fun. If you ever feel that your work is a burden, there is no point carrying on with it.
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I never wanted to take autographs, always wanted to give them. To do this, you have to achieve something.
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Test cricket is a different sort of cricket altogether. Some players who are good for one-day cricket may be a handicap in a Test match.
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I used to hate any batsman who would not get out in my deliveries.
One can't feel old in a day or overnight!
I have played cricket on my own terms.
The West Indians and Pakistanis play one-day cricket so well because they play for English counties.
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If you are playing on a turning wicket, toss plays an important role. The team that wins the toss gets an opportunity to play on the fresh wicket. You should always prepare the wicket as per team's strength. But a rank turner might backfire.
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If you have two good off spinners, what is the problem in playing both of them.
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People never expected a boy from a small town to have a life like I did.
Try and understand: cricket was played by Commonwealth countries only; now it has started in other countries as well, and I am proud of that.
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Apart from education, you need good health, and for that, you need to play sports.
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Though teenagers are generally very interested in sports, they must realise that education is the most important thing in their lives. They must find the right balance.
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When you are growing up, everyone will help you. When you reach the top, everyone will start pulling you down. The same people who help you will be the same people who try to pull you down.
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