Kapil Dev is easily the greatest fast bowler from India. Fondly called the Haryana Hurricane, Kapil made his Test debut against arch-rivals Pakistan, a game that ended in a draw. He announced his arrival by displaying some good batting skills and by troubling the Pakistanis with his fast outswingers and bouncers!
World Cup Champions, Lords 1983
Kapil was the first Indian captain to lift the trophy at Lord's and kick-started a new chapter in Indian cricket. His 175 against Zimbabwe, a match-turning catch of Sir Viv Richards in the final and a historic moment on top of the Lord's balcony were the best moments of team India's dream tournament.
When you need 24 to avoid the follow on and have just one wicket in hand, do you play safe or go for the big shots? Kapil Dev chose to take the second option. Against Eddie Hemmings, Kapil hit four huge sixes over the top and ensured that England would have to bat a second time.
Best of Kapil Dev
He held the record for highest Test wickets with 434 wickets, which was later broken by Courtney Walsh. With the all round abilities he had, he transformed the Indian team in to a competetive unit. He scored 5,248 runs and took 434 wickets in test cricket.
Whenever he was inside the arena, millions of Indians dared to dream. His performances on the field and, indeed, his personality were instrumental in instilling belief inside the hearts of the aspiring millions.