Profession: Cricketer, Businessman
Father of Kapil Dev
Ram Lal Nikhanj
Mother of Kapil Dev
Raj Kumari Lajwanti
Sister(s) of Kapil Dev
Pinky Gill & 3 More (their names are not known)
Wife/Spouse of Kapil Dev
Romi Bhatia (Entrepreneur)
Favourite Ball of Kapil Dev
Out-swing & In-swing Yorker
Favourite Cricketer of Kapil Dev
Batsmen- Ian Botham, Don Bradman
Bowler(s)- Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee
Favourite Food(s) of Kapil Dev
Cheese, Thai and Italian Cuisines
Favourite Shot of Kapil Dev
Hook & Drive
Awards, Honours, Achievements of Kapil Dev
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
Controversies of Kapil Dev
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.
Information about Kapil Dev
In 1990, during a Test match at the Lord's, he hit 4 sixes to off-spinner Eddie Hemmings and saved a follow on.
Somewhere around 1985, Kapil launched Dev Features, a syndicated agency, and after initial failures in business, Kapil said-
Kapil Dev made his international debut in 1978 against Pakistan, and a new star had been born.
He was born into a modest business family. His father, Ram Lal Nikhanj, was a builder and timber contractor in Chandigarh.
He would listen to the commentary endlessly during school hours also. Kapil was a triple jumper and even won medals at the junior level in school.'
He took his first wicket in the form of Sadiq Mohammad of Pakistan.
He played for Haryana for a long time (17 years) from 1975 to 1992.
Does Kapil Dev drink alcohol?: Yes
Kapil Dev was just over 21 when he became the youngest player ever to have completed the double of 100 wickets and 1,000 runs in Test cricket.
After spending some years in Fazilka, later, his family moved to Chandigarh.
Kapil Dev is also good at Football, and in the eighties, he played a football match with Shah Rukh Khan, who was then the captain of his college's Football Team.
I had rejected Kapil at the first instance on his looks.'
Under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, India went on to defeat West Indies, one of the all-time great teams, to lift the cup in the finals of the 1983 World Cup. Photographs of Kapil holding aloft the cup on the famous Lord's Balcony will remain etched in the memory of several generations of cricket fans.
Does Kapil Dev smoke?: No
There was another Sunil in Kapil Dev's life, Sunil Bhatia, who introduced him to Romi Bhatia, now his wife.
In 1999, he was appointed as the coach of the Indian National Cricket Team and held the post only for 10 months from October 1999 to August 2000.
Kapil Dev has written 3 autobiographies: 'By God's Decree' (1985), 'Cricket My Style' (1987), and 'Straight From The Heart' (2004).
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.
Quite interestingly, Kapil Dev did not play his first game of cricket till the age of 13.
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 his long career of 184 innings, he was never run out.
Soon after the 1983 World Cup, West Indies toured India, and in a revenge mode, it thrashed India 3-0 in the six Test series and they also won all the five ODIs. However, it was in this series that Kapil gave his best bowling performance of 9 for 83 at Ahmedabad.
He shares a good friendship with Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. When Imran Khan became the Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2018, Kapil Dev was one of the few Indians who had been invited to his swearing-in ceremony. However, later Kapil Dev had declined the invitation.
Former sports in charge of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-C, V.P. Paul, says-
In The Eighties, Kapil Dev, along with Ian Botham, Sir Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan vied for the top all-rounder's spot.
It was an eye opener really. Kids playing under floodlights. It was fascinating. It made me dream of setting up a similar infrastructure.'
He has made cameo appearances in the Bollywood films including 'Dillagi… Yeh Dillagi', 'Iqbal,' 'Chain Khuli Ki Main Khuli,' and 'Mujhse Shadi Karogi.'
Kapil formed Dev Musco in 1994 and entered the floodlighting business. The idea of this business came while Kapil was on a trip to the US where he came across floodlit grounds at school and colleges. He says-
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.
In the eighties, he also became a hot choice in the world of TV commercials. His Palmolive Shaving Cream's commercial became so popular that his one-liner, 'Palmolive Da Jawaab Nahin' had earned him a household name.
In the 1983 World Cup, Kapil Dev scored 303 runs, took 12 wickets and 7 catches.
Throughout his career, he never missed a Test because of injury or fitness reasons.
After his retirement, Kapil Dev ventured into the world of business. Besides owning two restaurants- 'Kaptain's Retreat' in Chandigarh and Patna, he has many other business ventures.
Kapil's company, Dev Musco, began with providing floodlights at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali and went on to provide floodlights in football, hockey, and golf.
If you have selected girl, why do you need my approval?'
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 1994, after retirement from cricket, he took up Golf and was the only Asian founding member of Laureus Foundation.
After India's partition, his parents had migrated from Montgomery, which is now Sahiwal in Pakistan, to Fazilka in Punjab (India).
Recalling the first meeting with Kapil Dev, Desh Prem Azad (Kapil Dev's mentor), had said-
In 1971, he joined Desh Prem Azad to learn the basics of cricket.