Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj – A Short Biography


With an attractive personality, soft, and humble nature, Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj, a fast-medium bowler cricketer, has marked his name in the golden world of Indian cricket history. He has changed the entire course of Indian cricket. He was born on 6 January 1959 in Chandigarh, India. His father Ram Lal Nikhanj was a timber merchant and his mother Raj Kumari Ram Lal Nikhanj was a housewife.  He played domestically on the national and international levels. A landmark victory as Indian captain was his 1983s Cricket World Cup. He has also won many other awards. Let’s look into his summarized biography.

Family life

He got married to Romi Bhatia in 1980. After fifteen years of his marriage, he had a daughter Amiya Dev in 1996


Dev has been a right-arm pace bowler for most of his career. He was India’s main strike bowler and one of the greatest all-rounders to play the game. He is also a writer.

Domestic Achievements

Dev played for Haryana Nov 1975 against Punjab and helped Haryana to victory. Against Jammu & Kashmir in the 1976-77 season, he had a match haul of 8/36 in the win.  In the 1977-78 season, he began his claiming 8/38 in the first innings against service.  He was also selected for Iran Trophy, Duleep Trophy, and Wills trophy matches. In the 1979-80 season against Delhi, he scored his career-best 193.

International Career

Dev began his international career by playing his first test cricket debut in Faisalabad Pakistan in October 1978. However, his figures were not very impressive at that time. But after that, he surprised everyone with his pace and bouncers that struck the opponent’s helmets on more than one occasion. At the national stadium Karachi, he showed his all-rounder performance and scored the fastest test half-century off 33 balls. Although India lost the match he gave his best.

As Captain of Indian Cricket Team

In 1982-83 When Gavaskar was rested, Dev’s first assignment as a captain was the tour of the West Indies, where the greatest attainment was alone ODI victory. Gavaskar 90 and Dev 72 led India to score 282/5 in 47 overs. Dev’s 2 wickets helped India to halt West Indies for 255 and a victory. This also helped give them more confidence to face the West Indies in the 1983 Cricket World Cup. To save the second test match Dev had a good series as he scored a century as well as picked up 17 wickets.

World Cup 1983

In 1983 World Cup was held in England and Wales and won by India. Eight countries participated in this event. The matches consisted of 50 overs per inning and the team was in white shirts and played with the red ball. Dev entered with an individual record of 32 Matches, 608 Runs, and 34 wickets. In the previous two World Cups in 1975 India played against East Africa. Indian had to face Zimbabwe at Nevill Ground Royal Tunbridge Wells on 18th June 1983. Dev scored a century of 72 balls. Dev made runs 126 runs for the 9th wickets. This was the world record that remained unbeaten for 27 years. In the semifinal, India faced English Cricket Team. Dev took three wickets and India limited England to 213 runs. In that total series of matches Dev, leading scores were 303. India 183 (54.4overs) and West Indies 140 (52 overs) India won by 43 runs.

Other achievements

In his achievements other than the world cup he wrote books and have many awards.

  • Books

He has written four books, one book on Sikhism; the Sikh was released in 2019. The other three are autobiographical including by God’s decree, My Style, straight from the Heart.

  • Awards

Arjuna Award in – 1970-80

Padma Shri – 1982

Wisden cricket of the year – 1983

Padma Bushan 1991

Wisden Indian Cricket of the Century – 2002

ICC Cricket Hall of Fame – 2010

The 25 Greatest Global Living Legend in India by NDTV – 2013

CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award – 2013


He was the highest Test wicket-taker (1994) in the world breaking the record of Sir Richard Hadlee.

A player to have the all-rounder- performance.

On-screen as an actor

Dev also played a vital role in some movies and drama series on the small screen. He also remained the Chancellor of Haryana Sports University in 2019. On 24 September 2008, he joined Indian Territorial Army.


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