We all know Kapil Dev played a crucial role for India in winning its first World Cup way back in 1983. He took a superb catch, running back almost 100 meters, to send the dangerous Viv Richards back into the pavilion, which turned the match in the favour of the Indian team. That specific win had ignited cricket fever in the subcontinent and changed the fate of the Indian cricket. Since then, India never had to look back and now it is one of the powerful teams in the world.
Born on January 6th, 1969 - Kapil Dev is celebrating his 58th birthday today. EeYuva wishes the former allrounder a prosperous and wonderful Happy Birthday.
The Haryana Hurricane also registered his highest score of 175 against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup. Here, lets' get into the details of that superb knock.
It was on June 19, 1983 in England, when India's top-order crumbled against Zimbabwe's bowling attack before Kapil Dev helped India to post a total of 266/8 in 60 overs. He made a brilliant 175* in that innings and won the match single-handedly.
Though he might have scored a century against the world cup debut team, but it was a controlled and well-constructed innings. Generally, he plays big shots right from the word go, however, in the match Dev constructed his innings as per team's requirement.
Kapil Dev established three crucial partnerships in the match with the lower order batsmen.
1st - partnership - Kapil Dev and R Binny - 60 runs for the 6th wicket
2nd - partnership - Kapil Dev and S Madan Lal - 62 runs for the 8th wicket
3rd - partnership - Kapil Dev and SMH Kirmani - 126* runs for the 9th wicket.
He scored 175 off 138 balls with 16 fours and 6 sixes. The 58-year-old came out into the middle when the team's score was 9 for 4. Team India desperately needed him during the course of the match and he ended up playing a captain's knock.
Kapil Dev had hit that century when he was 24; and reached the three-figure mark in just 74 balls. Finally, India won the match by 31 runs. He scalped 1 wicket and conceded only 32 runs in his quota of 11 overs. The right-hand allrounder was adjudged Man of the Match for his match winning knock.