Kapil Dev Biography | Family | Career| Net Worth

Kapil Dev Biography:

Kapil Dev one such name in this beautiful game who has showcased his prowess with the bat and ball in the pitch and also came as one of the best all-rounders to represent the Indian team in this game.

Team India won its first world cup under the guidance of Kapil Dev in the year 1983 by defeating the mighty West Indies, and that phase was the most alluring phase in Kapil Dev Biography.

Team India taste the success of world cup by holding the hand of Kapil dev and his men who pushed their limit to achieve triumph for the country in 1983 world cup, because of his heroics the people of Indian will never forget Kapil Dev and his team’s endeavor to conquer the world.

Kapil Dev Family:

Kapil Dev Biography

Kapil Dev was born in the year 1959, 6th January in Chandigarh Punjab, which means now Kapil dev age is 61 years old, Kapil Dev Father named Ram Lal Nihkanj was a building a timber contractor and Kapil Dev mother Raj Kumari was a homemaker, Kapil dev has four sisters and two brothers, his sisters were born before the partition in Pakistan.

Kapil Dev Family is basically belonging from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, but his family migrated to India after the partition in 1947, Kapil Dev did his schooling from DAV school in Chandigarh, and later on, he switched his school to St Edward’s school in Shimla.

In 1980 Kapil Dev’s marriage got placed with Romi Dev and Kapil and Romi Dev has a lovely daughter named Amiya Dev.

Since his childhood, Kapil Dev was inclined towards the game of cricket and that made him follow his passion since childhood, and his parents have also supported the Superstar to follow his dream which gave him the kick start his journey.

Key Points:

  • On 6th January 1959, Kapil Dev was born in Chandigarh.
  • Kapil Dev Father named Ram Lal Nihkanj.
  • His mother’s name is  Raj Kumari.
  • Kapil Dev has four sisters and two brothers.
  •  Kapil Dev did his schooling from DAV School and from St Edward’s school.
  • In 1980 Kapil Dev married the love of his life Romi Dev.

Kapil Dev Career:


Kapil Dev is best known for his 1983 world cup heroics as the skipper of the first world cup winning team of India, people will get all, Kapil Dev Information in this article.

Early Career:


Kapil Dev Cricketer, started his journey by making his debut in Ranji cricket whilst playing against Punjab in the 1975 season, and in his first match, Kapil Dev bowling skills were fierce in that match, he took six wickets to haul against Punjab and rattled the Punjab batting line up.

Kapil Dev finished the season with 12 wickets in his kitty in just 30 matches, in the nesting season he opened against J&k, in that season Kapil Dev best bowling figures where he picked up a haul of 8 wickets by giving just 20 runs in the ninth runs and ended Bengal’s batting line up for just 58 runs under 19 overs, in that season Harayana lost the match to Bombay in the Quarter Finals.

In the next 1977-78 season, he claimed 8 wickets by giving just 38 runs against services, and in the second innings he took 3 wicket haul and which took his maiden 10 wicket haul in the first-class cricket, a wonderful feat which he achieved in the first-class cricket twice in test matches, by sculpting 23 wickets in just 4 matches, and later on, he was selected for the Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy and also for the wills trophy matches as well.


In the 1980-81 Ranji season, Harayana went to the semi-finals on the back of lackluster bowling performance of legendary Chetan Sharma and batting performance of Amarjit Kaypee, and they faced Bengal in the Semi-Finals, where on the basis of Kapil dev’s wonderful inning of 141 runs help Harayana to score mammoth 605 runs.

Kapil Dev won his first and maiden Ranji trophy in 1991 season against Bombay, the final match will be remembered for the Indian cricketers who participated in the finals players like, Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, Ajay Jadeja turned up for Harayana and players like Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, Dilip Vengsarkar represented Bombay, and in the final Bombay lost the final by 3 runs short on the target.

Key Points:

  • In 1975 Kapil Dev made his debut in Ranji cricket against Punjab.
  • In his first match at the Ranji Cricket, he took six wickets to haul against Punjab.
  • In Ranji cricket, Kapil Dev took eight-wicket against Bengal and ended their batting line up in just 58 runs.
  • In the 1977-78 season, Kapil Dev plucked eight wickets by just giving 38 runs against Services.
  • In the 1980-81 Ranji season, Semi-Final his  141 runs innings helped his team to win the match against Bengal.
  • in 1991, Kapil Dev won his first Ranji against Bombay.

International career:

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Kapil Dev first match for India was In the year 1978, 16th October in the longer format of the game against Pakistan, though in his first match Kapil dev failed to impress everyone with his batting attributes with his ball he managed to outsmart the Pakistani batsmen, in that test match Kapil Dev took his maiden test wicket of Sadiq Mohammad with his trademark outswing delivery.

In the third test against Pakistan in Karachi Kapil Dev showcased his all-rounder abilities against Pakistan where he struck the fastest half-century off just 33 balls with two sixes in both the innings, though team India lost the series by 2-0 to their arch-rivals.

Kapil Dev scored his first test century against West Indies where he struck 126 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi in just 124 runs and also had a steady bowling performance where he plucked 17 wickets.


During 1979-80 against Australia Kapil Dev against proved his prowess against them by tacking two five wickets haul and 28 wickets in total in the series and established himself as one of the leading bowlers in India.

Later on that year Kapil Dev showcased his great run in the home series against Pakistan where he played a big role against Pakistan in a 6 match series where he made 278 runs in total and also picked up 32 wickets, which includes took two ten-wicket haul and two half-centuries.

His outstanding innings against the arch-rivals pushed the selectors to appoint him as a skipper of the world cup squad and even while under his captaincy team Indians set their journey in the world cup as an underdog.

The 1983 world cup journey was a golden chapter in the Kapil Dev Biography, and  Kapil Dev was announced as the captain of the 1983 world cup,  where he entered in the world cup with an ordinary world cup record with 32 matches with 608 runs and 34 wickets.

In the world cup team, India just won one single match against Zimbabwe and lost the other two matches against Australia and West Indies, and needed to win two matches to book their place in the semi Finals.

On 18th June 1983 team, India faced Zimbabwe at Nevill ground, Royal Tunbridge wells, where Kapil Dev batted in the lower order batsman and scored a magnificent century in that tensed situation, and also in that match,


where Kapil dev best innings was played for the team, where Kapil Dav world record performance of unbeaten 126 runs for the 9th wicket was stood unbroken till 27th years and Kapil Dev 175 run innings against Zimbabwe was gold dust for the team India, to build that Innings Kapil Dev struck 16 boundaries and 6 sixes, on the basis of his batting team Indian won the match by 31 runs against their counterpart and Kapil Dev was awarded man of the match award and booked himself a Mercedes Benz for himself.

In the Semi-Final team, India overcomes the challenges of the home team England and placed themselves in the final against West Indies.


In the final West Indies team were in a hunt to secure their third straight world cup trophy, and the prodigious west Indies team managed to restrict team India for 183 runs, and on the other hand, West Indies steadied their innings to 57 runs just for two wickets fall, to stop Viv Richards, Kapil Dev deployed the legendary Indian spinner, Madan Lal ,

and In one delivery of the spinner Viv Richards skied a pull short and Kapil Dev was right under it to dismiss the aggressive Viv Richards, and cricket pundits assumed that the catch was the turning point of the match, west Indies collapsed from 57 for 2 to 76 for 6 wickets loss and bowled out to 140 runs where Kapil Dev Picked the last wicket of Andy Roberts and Kapil Dev won world cup for team India for the first time in their history.

Kapil Dev World cup quest is something that will be cherished by the Indian fans forever.

Kapil Dev 1983 world cup where he struck score 303 runs with an average of 60 and took 12 wickets and 7 catches in 8 matches.

After the world cup when West Indies tour to India, India got whitewashed in the series where Kapil Dev also unable to put his performance for the team and stood down from the captaincy and Sunil Gavaskar was appointed as the skipper for the team.

Again in 1985 he was reappointed as the Indian skipper and led the country to the 1987 Cricket world cup where team India lost the Semi-Final match against Australia.

Key Points:

  • In 1978, Kapil Dev made his debut for the Indian national team.
  • Kapil Dev struck a century against Pakistan in just 33 balls.
  • Kapil Dev scored his first test century against West Indies at Firoz Shah Kotla.
  • In 1979-80, in a series against Australia Kapil Dev picked up 28 wickets.
  • Kapil Dev is the first Indian captain to lead team India to world cup glory in 1983.
  • In the crucial match against Zimbabwe, Kapil Dev struck 175 runs which secure the win for team India.
  • In the 1983 world cup Kapil Dev struck a total of 303 runs and picked up12 wickets.
  • Kapil Dev also lead team India in the 1987 world cup.

Kapil Dev Retirement:


Kapil Dev was leading team India’s bowling attack under a succession of captains in the 1990s, he also played the 1992 world cup under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin, and in 1994 he decided to hang up his boots from this beautiful game of cricket.

At that time he was the highest wicket-taker of team India with 434 wickets in his bucket.

Post Requirement:


In the year 1999 Kapil Dev was appointed as a head coach for team India replacing Anshuman Gaekwad, under his wing team India won just one test match against New Zealand at Home and lost other two series against Australia and South Africa, and also got allegation of match-fixing by Manoj Prabhakar, a charge which was dismissed later on, and after the incident, Kapil Dev resign from the post of Indian coach.

The New Zealander John Wright replaced Kapil dev to coach India, and he was also the first foreign coach for the team.

After the debacle of team India in the 2007 world cup, Kapil put his all frustration on the BCCI and to the selection committee and later on he started the new T20 league named ICL(Indian Cricket League) with some of the international players around the world, this decision to start an individual league against BCCI was a challenging phase in Kapil Dev Biography.

Though the league was banned by BCCI and all the players were handed notice if they keep participating in the ICL then they will never get a chance to represent Indian, and all the international players around the world also faced reprimand from their following boards, and finally, in 2008-09 the league came to an end due to low TRP and terror attack threats.

Key Points:

  • In 1999, Kapil Dev was appointed as the head coach of team India.
  • Kapil Dev started  ICL by going against BCCI.
  • The League later got banned by BCCI.

Kapil Dev Net Worth:


The net worth of Kapil Dev is around 211 crores INR and he earns most of his money from cricket and Kapil Dev Business, venture Dev Musco which is into fitting floodlights in the ground of all over India.

Kapil Dev earns a hefty amount from his commentator skills from various channels and earns good money from his brand endorsements.

Kapil Dev also owns two restaurants in Chandigarh named “Captain’s Eleven” and “Kaptian Retreat Hotel”.

Kapil Dev Records and Achievements:


Test cricket:

  • In early 1994, he became the highest Test wicket-taker in the world, breaking the record held by Sir Richard , Hadlee. Dev’s record was broken by Courtney Walsh in 1999.
  • The only player to have achieved the all-rounder’s double of 4,000 Test runs and 400 Test wickets.
  • Most innings in a career (184) without being run out.
  • Youngest test cricketer to take 100 (21 years, 25 days), 200 (24 years, days) and 300 wickets(27 years, 2 days).
  • Best bowling figures in an innings of a test match as captain (9/83) and in fact, he is the only captain to take a 9 wicket haul in a Test inning.
  • Best bowling in a Test innings in a losing cause(9/83).

ODI cricket:

  • Highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket (1978-1994) with a career tally of 253 wickets.
  • Peak rating (631) is the highest ever achieved (22 March 1985) after a World Series final against Pakistan in Australia.
  • Highest ODI score when batting at number 6 position or lower as well in World Cup history(175*).
  • Most number of balls in an ODI inning when batting at number six position in ODI history(138, tied with Neil McCallum).


  • 1979–80 – Arjuna Award.
  • 1982 – Padma Shri.
  • 1983 – Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
  • 1991 – Padma Bhushan.
  • 2002 – Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century.
  • 2010 – ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
  • 2013 – The 25 Greatest Global Living Legends In India by NDTV.
  • 2013 – CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award(announced).


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