Kapil Dev – Wiki, Bio, Age, Height, Wife, Children, Family & More

Cricket is the most followed sport in India. The viewership of Cricket Matches and the craze of cricket players is an astonishing sight to watch. Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhang, popularly referred to as Kapil Dev, is one such popular former cricket player. He has formerly served as the Captain of the Indian Cricket team and is credited with taking the popularity of Cricket in India to the next level laying the foundation for a prosperous future for Indian Cricket. In the following article, we will talk about the life events of Kapil Dev in detail.

 Kapil Dev

Full Name Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj
Nickname(s) Haryana Hurricane, KD
Profession(s) Cricketer, Businessman
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 183 cm
in meters– 1.83 m
in feet inches– 6’
Weight (approx.) in kilograms– 80 kg
in pounds– 176 lbs
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper
International Debut ODI– 1 October 1978 against Pakistan at Quetta
Test– 16-21 October 1978 against Pakistan at Faisalabad
International Retirement ODI– 17 October 1994 against West Indies at Faridabad
Test– 19-23 March 1994 against New Zealand at Hamilton
Jersey Number N/A (during his time, the culture of Jersey Number was not there)
Domestic/State Team(s) • Haryana
• Northamptonshire
• Worcestershire
Coach/Mentor Desh Prem Azad
Batting Style Right-handed
Bowling Style Right-arm fast-medium
Favourite Shot Hook & Drive
Favourite Ball Out-swing & In-swing Yorker
Records (main ones) Test Cricket
• In 1994, Kapil Dev broke Richard Hadlee’s record of the highest Test wicket-taker in the world, which was later broken by Courtney Walsh in 1999
• Only player to have more than 5000 test runs (5248) and 400 wickets (434).
• Most innings in a career (184) without being run out
• Youngest test cricketer to take 100 (21 years, 25 days), 200 (24 years) and 300 wickets (27 years, 2 days)
• Only test captain to take a 9 wicket haul in a test inningsODI Cricket
• Highest wicket-taker till his retriement in 1994 (253 wickets)
• Highets ever Peak rating (631; on 22 March 1985
• 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 innings when batting at number six position in ODI history (138, tied with Neil McCallum)
Awards, Honours, Achievements 1979-80: Arjuna Award

1982: Padma Shri
1983: Wisden Cricketer of the Year
1991: Padma Bhushan
2002: Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century
2008: Honoured as Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army

2010: ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
2013: CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award

Personal Life
Date of Birth 6 January 1959
Age (as in 2023) 65 Years as of 2024
Birthplace Chandigarh, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Capricorn
Signature Kapil Dev Signature
Nationality Indian
Hometown Chandigarh, India
School DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh
College/University Did Not Attend
Educational Qualification Not Known
Religion Hinduism
Caste Jat
Food Habit Non-vegetarian
Political Inclination Not Known
Address A sprawling house at Sundar Nagar, Delhi
Hobbies Playing Golf, Table Tennis, and Squash, Watching Films
Controversies • In 1999, at the height of the match-fixing allegation, former BCCI president I S Bindra alleged that Kapil Dev had offered money to Manoj Prabhakar to under-perform during the 1994 India tour of Sri Lanka. Following the allegation, Kapil Dev had to resign as the coach of the Indian National Cricket Team. However, later the charge was dismissed.
• In 2016, he came under the Income Tax scanner for purchsing shares of a company at a heavily discounted rate. The cmpany in question was owned by an associate of Yadav Singh – the tainted former Chief Engineer of Noida Authority. According to the IT department report, Dev and his wife Romi Dev with two others were the shareholders of the company named Business Bay Corporate Parks Private Limited. Dev and others brought the shares of the company worth around ₹6 crore when the actual cost, as per the book value, was ₹32 crore.
Relationships & More
Marital Status Married
Marriage Date Year 1980
Wife/Spouse Romi Bhatia (Entrepreneur)
Children Son– None
Daughter– Amiya Dev (born; 16 January 1996)
Parents Father– Ram Lal Nikhanj (teak merchant; died in 1975)

Mother– Raj Kumari Lajwanti (died in 2009)

Siblings Brother(s)– Ramesh (younger; lives in sector-9, Chandigarh), Bhushan (elder; lives in sector-27, Chandigarh)

Sister(s)– Naresh, Manju, Neeru, and Pinky Gill

Favourite Things
Favourite Cricketer Batsmen– Ian Botham, Don Bradman
Bowler(s)– Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee
Favourite Food(s) Cheese, Thai and Italian Cuisines
Style Quotient
Car(s) Collection • Four-door Porsche Panamera sedan

• C-Class Mercedes (HR 26 DA 1983)
• Mercedes GLS 350 d (HR 26 DB 1983)
• Toyota Fortuner (DL 8 CAF 1983)

Assets/Properties • Elevens – The Kaptains Retreat restaurant in Sector-35, Chandigarh
• Elevens – The Kaptains Retreat restaurant at Fraser Road in Patna, Bihar
• 5% stake in Zicom Electronics
• Dev Musco Lighting Pvt Limited in partnership with Musco Lighting to install floodlights in sports venues in India
• SAMCO Ventures; holding company for SAMCO Securities
Money Factor
Salary (as the Coach of the Indian National Cricket Team during 1999-2000) ₹5 lakh per match + bonus
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/therealkapildev/


Early Life of Kapil Dev

Chandigarh is the home city of Kapil Dev. Kapil Dev was born in the family of Ram Lal Nikhanj and Rajkumari on January 6, 1959. His father was a teak merchant by profession, and his mother was a housewife. The family of Kapil Dev originally belonged to the Montgomery district situated in present-day Pakistan.

The family moved to the region of Fazilka in Punjab after the partition and then finally settled down in Chandigarh. Kapil completed his initial studies at the D.A.V. School in Chandigarh.

Personal Life of Kapil Dev

In 1980, Kapil Dev married Romi Bhatia. The couple welcomed their daughter in January 1996 and named her Amiya Dev. Along with Cricket, Kapil was always very passionate about Golf. As a result, he actively took part in Golf and was among the founding members of the Laureus Foundation in 2000.

In 2020, the health of Kapil Dev deteriorated, and he suffered a heart attack. He was soon hospitalized and understood surgery. After remaining in hospital for a few weeks, he was discharged, and his health improved significantly.

Books by Kapil Dev

Besides Cricket, Kapil Dev is also a hobby writer. His beautiful writing skill is evident in his four books on Sikhism and Personal Life.

The list of Books written by Kapil Dev is as follows:

Some Lesser Known Facts About Kapil Dev

  • Does Kapil Dev smoke?: No
  • Does Kapil Dev drink alcohol?: Yes
  • He was born into a modest business family. His father, Ram Lal Nikhanj, was a builder and timber contractor in Chandigarh.
  • After India’s partition, his parents had migrated from Montgomery, which is now Sahiwal in Pakistan, to Fazilka in Punjab (India).
  • After spending some years in Fazilka, later, his family moved to Chandigarh.
  • Kapil Dev did his schooling from the DAV School in Chandigarh, and it was there that he had developed an interest in Cricket.
  • Former sports in charge of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-C,  V.P. Paul, says-
  • In 1971, he joined Desh Prem Azad to learn the basics of cricket.
  • Quite interestingly, Kapil Dev did not play his first game of cricket till the age of 13.
  • His entry into cricket happened by accident. One Sunday, the Sector 16 team of Chandigarh was one player short, and Kapil was roped in. His elder brother, Bhushan Nikhanj, who is 3 years older to Kapil, gave him the biggest encouragement.
  • Recalling the first meeting with Kapil Dev, Desh Prem Azad (Kapil Dev’s mentor), had said-
  • When Ram Lal Nikhanj (Kapil’s father) spoke to Azad and assured him about Kapil, the lad was taken for coaching. Thus began a long unbroken partnership.
  • In early days, Kapil used to play in weekend matches. During the late 1960s and 1970s, matches between Pal Club and King Crown Club were the most keenly contested. The losers had to treat the winners to channa-puri at a popular Sector 27 restaurant in Chandigarh.
  • In November 1975, still two months short of his 17th birthday, Kapil Dev made his first-class debut playing for his home state Haryana against Punjab; where he got 6 wickets for just 39 runs. However, the same year, his father passed away; without seeing his son to conquer the world of Cricket.
  • Then came a minor heartbreak, when Kapil was not selected to play in the final eleven of the Combined Universities team to play against Tony Greg’s English side at Nagpur.
  • He played for Haryana for a long time (17 years) from 1975 to 1992.
  • Kapil Dev made his international debut in 1978 against Pakistan, and a new star had been born.
  • Soon, he modified his action on the advice of Sunil Gavaskar and started bowling from closer to the stumps to make his already lethal outswingers even more effective.
  • There was another Sunil in Kapil Dev’s life, Sunil Bhatia, who introduced him to Romi Bhatia, now his wife.
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