Kapil Dev: the Man who Gave India its First Cricket World Cup

Recently the trailer of a movie has been launched and the internet is going crazy over it. This is the trailer of the Ranveer Singh starrer movie, which is slated to be released on 24th December 2021, 83. In the trailer, Ranveer can be seen in the avatar of the legendary man Kapil Dev and there is an uncanny resemblance between the two. The trailer makes the viewer be lost in the world of cricket during the 80s. It also makes the audience curious one more time about this legendary cricketer. Who was he and what was so special about him and the team he had created? History unfolds as we search for him and his teammates.

Kapil Dev the Man who Gave India its First Cricket World Cup
Kapil Dev the Man who Gave India its First Cricket World Cup

Born in Chandigarh on 6th January 1959 Kapil Dev’s full name is Kapil Dev RamlalNikhanj. Dev made his debut in 1975 in a cricket match where he played for Haryana against Punjab. In that match, Dev made Punjab restricted to 63 runs and thus creating an impressive victory for his own team. He later joined the Indian national team where he played for the 1978-79 Test series against Pakistan. Although he had not been spectacular in his performance during this time, he played with great energy impressing all with his outswinger delivery. He had a certain aggressiveness in his performance something that India had not seen in a long while.

In reality, Dev was India’s first genuine fast bowler. Dev put an end to his Test career with an impressive 434 wickets in 131 Test matches and it also included 23 five-wicket matches.  In one-day internationals, he took 253 wickets over 225 games. His aggressive performance in the cricket field helped him to secure 5,248 runs in 131 Test matches which included eight centuries and also an impressive 100 runs in a single inning. He also scored 3,783 runs in 225 one-day internationals which included one century as well.

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In 1983 he became the captain of the Indian national team. As a captain, he found it difficult to give instructions to the senior members of the cricket team which included brilliant players like Sunil Gavaskar and Mohinder Amarnath. In one of his interviews, he reminisced, “I was very young. I had so many senior and remarkably talented cricketers with me and my job was to take them along. I could not tell Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath, Madan Lal, (Syed) Kirmani how to do their job. I had to make sure I kept them together and I always said one thing: once you enter the cricket ground nobody is better than you.

Respect the opponent as much as you can before the match and after the match and when you are on the field, nobody is better than you.” India surprised everyone by winning the 1983 World Cup and thereby creating history. West Indies was a very strong team back then and they had won the previous two World Cups in 1975 and 1979. India surprised everyone in 1983 when they beat West Indies in the final under the captainship of Dev. Kapil Dev took the crucial catch of Vivian Richards and turned the tide in favor of India. India made a total of 183 runs against the West Indies in 54.4 overs.

The upcoming movie 83 directed by Kabir Khan is a tribute to Kapil Dev as well as the Indian Cricket Team which made its mark in the history of Cricket with its unexpected and terrific victory against a much stronger team. Kapil Dev’s career is an example of how persistence and determination can make one perform extraordinary feats.

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