Kapil Dev Full Biography and Networth(2022)| Family, Career, Records, Awards and more

Kapil Dev famously known as the Haryana Hurricane, a right arm fast bowler and a right handed batsman. Let’s take a look at his life and career.

Kapil Dev

Kapil Nikhanj Dev, the former cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team is one of the legends of the sport. He is till now the greatest fast bowling all rounder India has ever produced. 38 years ago on  25 June 1983, India lifted its first-ever Cricket World Cup title, defeating West Indies in the final by 43 runs at the Lord’s Cricket Ground under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. As 83– a movie based on India’s first World Cup win– has been released, let us take a look at the biography of the Haryana Hurricane, Kapil Dev. 

Kapil Dev Biography

Full NameKapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj
NicknamePaaji, Haryana Hurricane, KD
ProfessionCricketer, Businessman
BowlingRight-arm Fast- Medium
BattingRight Handed
DOBJanuary 6, 1959 
Age (as of 2022)63 years
BirthplaceChandigarh, India
HometownChandigarh, India
AddressA sprawling house at Sunder Nagar, Delhi
Zodiac SignCapricon
HeightIn centimeters- 183 cm
In meters- 1.83 m
In Feet Inches- 6’ 0”
WeightIn Kilograms- 82 kg
In Pounds- 180.78 lbs
Skin ColourWheatish
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
SchoolD.A.V. School, Chandigarh
College/UniversityDid not attend
QualificationNot known
MotherRaj Kumari Lajwanti (died in 2009)
FatherRam Lal Nikhanj (teaK Merchant, died in 1975)
Brother(s)Ramesh (younger; lives in sector-9, Chandigarh)
Bhushan (elder; lives in sector-27, Chandigarh)
Sister(s)Naresh, Manju, Neeru and Pinky Gill
Food HabitNon- Vegetarian
HobbiesPlaying Golf, Table Tennis and Squash, Watching Films
Best FriendSunil Gavaskar
Marrital StatusMarried
Marriage DateYear 1980
Spouse NameRomi Bhatia (Entrepreneur)
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- Amiya Dev (born; 16 January, 1996)
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Kapil Dev with his family

Kapil Dev: Early Life, Family and Background

Kapil Dev was born on January 6, 1959, to Ram Lal Nikhanj (father) and Raj Kumari Ram Lal Nikhanj (mother) in Chandigarh, India. His father was a timber merchant while his mother was a housewife. Kapil Dev was born in Pakpattan, Pakistan (town of Sufi Saint Baba Farid) while his father belonged to Dipalpur, Pakistan. After the partition, the family moved to Chandigarh. Kapil Dev studied at D.A.V. School and in 1971 joined Desh Prem Azad (Indian cricketer and Cricket coach). In 1980, Kapil Dev married Romi Bhatia. On January 16, 1996, the couple gave birth to Amiya Dev. 

Kapil Dev: Career Journey (1975-2019)

  • Kapil Dev made his career debut in Cricket with Haryana against Punjab in November 1975. Haryana won the match and Kapil dev finished the season with 121 wickets in 30 matches. 
  • In the 1976-1977 season, he played against Jammu and Kashmir. Haryana qualified for the pre-quarterfinals but lost to Bombay in the quarter-finals. 
  • In the 1977–78 season, he played against services and scored 23 wickets in 4 matches. Dev was selected for the Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Wills Trophy matches.
  • In the 1978–79 season, Kapil Dev stood out in the Irani Trophy match where he scored 62 runs at number 8 order. His performance in the finals of the Duleep Trophy was widely appreciated. He made a place in the North Zone squad for Deodhar Trophy and Wills Trophy and played his first Test Match in the season against Pakistan. 
  • In the 1979-80 season, he scored a maiden century (193) against Delhi. He captained Haryana for the first time against Uttar Pradesh and took five wickets to advance to the quarterfinals, but lost to Karnataka. 
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Kapil Dev with his wife Romi Bhatiya
  • In the 1990-1991 season Ranji Trophy, Chetan Sharma’s bowling and Amarjit Kaypee’s batting advanced Haryana to the semi-finals against Bengal, where Kapil Dev led the team to a score of 605 (Dev scored 141 taking 5 wickets).
  • The finals of this match against Bombay is still remembered as it had a number of international cricketers. Haryana team had Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, Ajay Jadeja and Vijay Yadav while Bombay team had Sanjay Manjrekar, Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Chandrakant Pandit, Salil Ankola and Abey Kuruvilla. The finals were won by Haryana and the only Ranji Trophy Championship where Dev played. 
  • On October 16, 1978, Kapil Dev made his first Test Cricket debut against Pakistan. He took the wicket of Sadiq Mohammad with his trademark outswinger. He came to be known as an all-rounder after he scored India’s fastest Test half-century in only 33 balls during the 3rd Test Match at National Stadium, Karachi. Despite his record, India lost the match and series by 2-0. 
  • In a series, at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, he scored his maiden Test century (126 in 124 balls) against West Indies and took 17 wickets at 33 runs. In another series, he took 5-wicket against England, but England won the match. He finished the series with 16 wickets scoring 45 runs. He made his ODI cricket debut in the Pakistan tour. His performance didn’t improve and team India’s performance was not impressive at the 1979 Cricket World Cup. 
  • In the home series, Dev took 5 wickets against Australia. In the series, he took 28 wickets and scored 212 runs, including a half-century. This series established him as India’s premier fast bowler. In the 6-Test series against Pakistan, he helped India win at  Wankhede Stadium, Bombay (scoring 69 runs) and at Chepauk, Madras (Now Chennai), 10-wicket haul in the match (4/90 in the first innings and 7/56 in the second innings and scored 84 runs in 98 balls). He set a record while playing the series to become the youngest Test player to achieve the all-around double of 100 Wickets and 1000 Runs and in 25 matches. 
  • In 1980-81, during the Australia tour, despite injuries, Dev played on the final day and India won the match. He also scored his first fifty in ODI against New Zealand at Brisbane, Australia.
  • After a gloomy New Zealand tour, Dev played 1981-82 home series against England and India won the first test with his 5 wickets haul at Wankhede Stadium, Bombay and won Man of the Series. In 1982, at Lord’s, in a series against England, he bagged Man of the Series despite the fact that India lost the match. He scored 292 runs and took 10 wickets. 
  • After an unimpressive tour against Pakistan, Kapil Dev replaced Sunil Gavaskar as the Captian of the Indian Cricket Team. 
  • During his West Indies tour, Gavaskar (90) and Dev (72) led India to set a huge score of 282 against 2 wickets in just 47 overs. Indian won the match against West Indies. 
  • In the 1983 Cricket World Cup match, Yashpal Sharma scored 89 Runs while  Roger Binny and Ravi Shastri took 3 wickets each. This led to West Indies first ever defeat in World Cup. India won against Zimbabwe and lost the next two matches to Australia and West Indies. Thus, to advance to the semi-finals, India needs to win against Australia and Zimbabwe. 
  • On June 18, 1983, at  Nevill Ground against Zimbabwe, Dev holds a world record that stood for 27 years. He finished not out with 126 runs playing for the 9th wicket. Indian won the match by 31 runs. 
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  • India advanced towards the semi-finals and played against England. India won against England and advanced to the Finals against West Indies. West Indies was hoping for a hat-trick of World Cup titles. When Viv Richards was at strike, he hit the ball aggressively that Kapil Dev caught at deep square leg after running back for over 20 yards. This is one of the finest catches in World Cup history and was also a turning point in the 1983 World Cup Final. West Indies team was bowled out for 140 runs while India scored 183 runs. 
  • After the World Cup, India hosted a Test and ODI series with West Indies and lost by 3-0 and 5-0 respectively. After this, Gavaskar replaced Dev as the captain in 1984. 
  • In March 1985, Kapil Dev was reappointed and India won a Test series against England in the year 1986. He captained the Indian cricket team in the 1987 World Cup. India advanced to the semi-finals but lost to England.  Kapil Dev retired in the year 1994. 
  • In March 1985, Kapil Dev was reappointed and India won a Test series against England in the year 1986. He captained the Indian cricket team in the 1987 World Cup. India advanced to the semi-finals but lost to England.  Kapil Dev retired in the year 1994. 
  • In March 1985, Kapil Dev was reappointed and India won a Test series against England in the year 1986. He captained the Indian cricket team in the 1987 World Cup. India advanced to the semi-finals but lost to England.  Kapil Dev retired in the year 1994. 
  • Post-retirement, Kapil Dev was appointed as coach of the Indian National Cricket Team in the year 1999. During his term as a coach, India won only a test match at home against New Zealand and witnessed two series losses against Australia and South Africa. 
  • Manoj Prabhakar alleged Kapil Dev of Match-fixing, following which he resigned as the National Coach. The charges against him were later dismissed. He was succeeded by India’s first foreign coach, John Wright, a New Zealand batsman. 
  • After his resignation as India’s National Cricket Coach, Kapil Dev returned to Cricket again as a bowling consultant. In October 2006, he was nominated as the chairperson of the National Cricket Academy for 2 years. 
  • In May 2007, he joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL) as the chairman of the executive board. ICL was founded by Zee TV. In June 2007, BCCI revoked the pensions of all the players who joined ICL, including Kapil Dev. On August 21, 2007, Kapil Dev was removed from the post of chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy. This was a day after he addressed a formal press conference of the newly formed ICL. On July 25, 2012, he resigned from ICL and continued extending his support to BCCI. 
  • On September 24, 2008, Kapil Dev joined the Indian Territorial Army. Chief of the Army Staff, General Deepak Kapoor, commissioned him as a  Lieutenant Colonel. Dev joined the army as an honorary officer. 
  • In 2019, Kapil Dev was appointed as the first chancellor of the Sports University of Haryana. 
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Kapil Dev: Records

Test Cricket

  • In 1994, he broke the record held by Sir Richard Hadlee, becoming the highest Test wicket-taker in the world. Later in 1999,  Courtney Walsh broke Kapil Dev’s record. 
  • The only player in the world to have achieved all-rounder’s double of 4,000 Test runs and 400 Test wickets.
  • Most innings in a career– 184 Not Out. 
  • Youngest Cricketer to take 100 wickets (21 years old), 200 wickets (24 years old) and 300 wickets (27 years old). 
  • The only captain to take 9 wicket haul in test innings (9/83).

ODI Cricket

  • During 1978 to 1994, highest wicket-taker in ODI Cricket. 
  • On March 22, 1985, peak rating (631), highest ever achieved after a World Series final against Pakistan in Australia. 
  • Highest ODI score batting in number 6 order in World Cup history– 175 Not Out. 
  • The most number of balls in an ODI inning when batting at number six position in ODI history. The record was tied with Neil McCallum– 138 balls. 
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Kapil Dev: Awards and Honours

  • Arjuna Award (1979-80)
  • Padma Shri (1982)
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1983)
  • Padma Bhushan (1991)
  • Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century (2002)
  • ICC Cricket Hall of Fame (2010)
  • The 25 Greatest Global Living Legends In India by NDTV (2013)
  • CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award (2013)
  • Honoured with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army in 2008. 

Kapil Dev: Books

Kapil Dev has so far written 4 books. These are:

  • By God’s Decree (1985; Autobiography)
  • Cricket My Style (1987; Autobiography)
  • Straight from the Heart (2004; Autobiography)
  • We, The Sikhs (2019)

Kapil Dev Net Worth

The total net worth of Mr. Kapil Dev is estimated to be 30 Million USD, which in Indian currency is approximately equal to 220 Crore INR. Most of his income and net worth comes from cricket. Also the brand value of Mr. Dev is very high and he is also the most respected player across the globe. He also earns a huge sum of money from various International and National Cricket Matches as a commentator. He also endorses multiple brands where he charges a massive amount of money.

Net Worth (as in 2022)$30 Million
Net Worth In Indian Rupees220 Crore INR
Monthly Income And Salary1 Crore +
Yearly Income12 Crore +
Last Updated2022

Kapil Dev also owns a company Dev Musco Lighting Pvt. Ltd. and also holds a 5% stake in Zicom Electronics. Not only this, he also owns a restaurant and a hotel in Chandigarh. All this are a part of his net worth and thus makes him the millionaire cricketer of all times.

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Sudeep(Actor) and Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev Assets

  • Dev assets include a luxurious house in Chandigarh.
  • He owns different businesses across the country, a restaurant in Chandigarh and in Patna viz. “Captain’s Eleven” and a hotel in Chandigarh named “Kaptian’s Retreat Hotel”.
  • Higher stake in SAMCO Ventures, the holding company for SAMCO Securities in 2015.
  • He is now a professional Golf Player and earns a huge sum of money from Golf.
  • Cars: Kapil Dev owns a Porsche Panamera which is estimated to value around Rs. 2.67 Cr.
  • Kapil Dev has invested about 3 million USD, in the Indian Trading League (ITL), launched by SAMCO.

Kapil Dev Favourites

  • Favorite Sport: Cricket and Golf
  • Favorite Color: White and Black
  • Favorite Actress: Saira Banu , Nargis Dutt
  • Favorite Actor: Dilip Kumar , Sunil Dutt , Raj Kapoor
  • Favourite Singer: Lata Mangeshkar , Kishore Kumar
  • Favorite Place: London
  • Favorite Food: Italian and Chinese

Kapil Dev Controversies

The 1983 World Cup-winning captain and the greatest match-winner that Indian cricket had produced at the time,  the legendary Kapil Dev was appointed national sides’ head coach in September 1999 following the appointment of Sachin Tendulkar as captain. Dev’s stint started on a good note as India won at home against New Zealand but it soon went downhill for the champion cricketer as India endured a nightmarish tour of Australia.

The Tendulkar-led unit was whitewashed 0-3 in the Test series and managed a solitary win in the tri-series that followed. The disastrous Australian tour was followed by a humiliating Test series defeat on home soil against South Africa. It kept getting worse for Kapil Dev as he landed in a match-fixing controversy after his former colleague Manoj Prabhakar accused him of trying to bribe the all-rounder during an ODI tournament in Sri Lanka in 1994.

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A distraught and emotional Dev lambasted Prabhakar in the press conference but amid relentless pressure from politicians, the champion cricketer resigned as head coach in September 2000. Two months later, the CBI exonerated Kapil Dev of all the charges.

India’s performance under Kapil Dev was underwhelming, to say the least- 5 defeats in 8 Tests, 16 defeats in 25 ODIs- and Dev was often criticized for his timid approach.

Years later, Sachin Tendulkar, in his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’, revealed that he was left disappointed with Kapil Dev- the coach- due to reluctance in getting involved in devising strategies.

“During my second stint as captain, we had Kapil Dev as our coach. He is one of the finest cricketers to have played for India and one of the best all-rounders of all time, and I had great expectations of him in Australia,” wrote Tendulkar.

“I have always maintained that the coach’s job is an important one, for he is in a position to play a key role in formulating team strategy. Who better than Kapil to come up with options for me during a tough tour of Australia?” he added.

“However, his method of involvement and his thought process was limited to leaving the running of the team to the captain, and hence he did not involve himself in strategic discussions that would help us on the field,” Tendulkar wrote.

Some Interesting Facts about Kapil Dev

  • He took up golf post-retirement from Cricket.
  • Kapil Dev was inducted into the prestigious ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in March 2010.
  • He has published three autobiographical works ‘By God’s Decree’, ‘Cricket My Style’, and ‘Straight from the Heart’.
  • He was the only Founding Member from Asia in Laureus Foundation in 2000.
  • He has been awarded the Arjuna Award, Padma Sri, and Padma Bhushan from Government of India.
  • He was chosen as the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002.
  • Indian Army honoured him with Lieutenant Colonel title in 2008.
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Kapil Dev with his daughter Amiya Dev

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Kapil Dev was the captain when India lift ICC one day international world cup first time in 1983. Kapil dev saved the Indian team again and again and brought major victories along with his highly skilled bowling and batting capacities. Therefore all the fans and therefore the teammates called him 'Haryana Hurricane'.

Kapil Dev is one of the iconic bowlers for team India. He owned a hotel named The Kaptain's retreat hotel in Chandigarh. It has a big restaurant named as Elevens.

Kapil Dev is a Punjabi and that is all.

Kapil Dev had taken the decision to change his game from football to cricket. He dreamed of becoming a footballer. He worked hard at that game and was selected to play for his school.

Kapil decided to take the horse home and house him in his back garden which was about seven hundred square feet in size. This act was too much for his age. That is why Kapil says he bit off more than he could.

Kapil and his friend had climbed up the papaya tree to pick the fruit. This made him to sit still for two hours on the tree, because they were afraid of escaping from the tree, when the lady, the owner of the trees was entertaining some guests for tea right under the papaya tree for two hours.

Kapils father got angry his escaped and discouraged him saying not to venture near the grazing field.

Kapil was just like all the kids around him. He liked to play with his friends, bunk classes, or save money to watch a new film or binge of his favorite chicken chowmein. If Kapil and his friends got bored or are broke, they simply steal their favorite fruit from his neighbors garden and relish it.

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