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Kapil Dev turns 60: Celebrating the man who changed Indian cricket forever

first_imgKapil Dev turns 60: Celebrating the man who changed Indian cricket foreverKapil Dev, who became the first Indian captain to win the 50-over World Cup in 1983, was born on January 6, 1959 in Chandigarhadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 10:29 IST Kapil Dev became the first Indian captain to win the World Cup in 1983 (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKapil Dev who turned 60 today, hails from ChandigarhKapil Dev led India to the 1983 World Cup triumph in EnglandKapil Dev is arguably one of the world’s best all-roundersKapil Dev, one of India’s most successful captains, was born on this day 60 years ago. Kapil Dev was the captain of India’s first world cup-winning team in 1983, when they defeated West Indies in the final at Lord’s.Kapil Dev, one of the greatest all-rounder’s in the history of cricket, made his India debut on October 16 in the year 1978. A 19-year-old Kapil played his first Test match against arch-rivals Pakistan at Faisalabad. Kapil scored just 8 runs and picked up just 1 wicket as India drew the Test match.Kapil went on to represent India in 131 Test matches over a career spanning 16 years, in which time he took a total of 434 wickets at an average of 29.64 along with 23 five-wicket hauls. Kapil went onto to score 5248 runs in Tests, at an average of 31.05, including 8 hundreds and 27 fifties.In one day internationals as well, Kapil Dev amassed 3783 runs from 225 matches at an average of 23.79, including one hundred and 14 half-centuries. He also took a total of 253 wickets at an average of 27.45 and one five-wicket haul.Kapil Dev led India to their first World Cup triumph in England and his 175 against Zimbabwe is regarded as an all-time classic.Former skipper and teammate Sunil Gavaskar at the Agenda Aaj Tak in December 2018 said it was the greatest knock he had ever seen in one-day internationals.”That 175 is the greatest knock in ODI history I have seen as a player and as a commentator… I have never seen a better inning. The situation we were in…We were 17 for 5. It was cold and the ball was moving. It looked like we would be bowled out for 70 or 80..,” Sunil Gavaskar said.advertisementGavaskar also said that Kapil would have fetched the big bucks had he put his name for the Indian Premier League auction.”Kapil did not play any lofted drives till he reached 80. It was amazing to see him those sixes. He would have gone for Rs 25 crore in the IPL today,” Gavaskar said.”I think the bowling revolution was started by Kapil Dev. He showed everyone that pace bowling could survive in pitches in India as well. After him came the likes of Javagal Srinath, Venaktesh Pradesh and Zaheer khan. But it was Kapil Dev who started it all,” Sunil Gavaskar was quoted as saying recently.Kapil Dev, also speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak 2018, promised to follow the lead of Team India captain Virat Kohli down Oxford street shirtless if India win the World Cup in England 2019.”I will run shirtless if India win the World Cup. Just like Kohli said that he will run shirtless if India win, I will too,” Kapil Dev said at Agenda Aaj Tak 2018.”I can do anything for my country,” he said.Also Read | Kapil Dev on the perils of giving too much power to players: They will do what they feel likeAlso Read | Kapil Dev would have gone for Rs 25 crore in IPL auctions: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Just like Kohli, I will run shirtless if India win 2019 World Cup: Kapil DevFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kapil DevFollow Kapil Dev birthdayFollow Kapil Dev turns 60Follow January 6Follow Birthday todaylast_img read more

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Sri Lankan refugee on Nauru agrees to Cambodia transfer

If given clearance, the three would follow in the footsteps of five people who also volunteered. All but one has since left Cambodia.Phal referred questions to refugee chief Tan Sovichea, who could not be reached Friday. A Sri Lankan is among three refugees detained by Australia on the Pacific island of Nauru who have volunteered to be the next refugees resettled in Cambodia as part of a controversial A$55-million deal signed just over two years ago.A key source familiar with the situation told Anadolu Agency that the three men — singles from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan — had put themselves forward and that the process had begun to establish if they would be granted clearance. Upon their arrival in June last year, a Rohingya man, an Iranian couple and another Iranian male were whisked off to a secluded villa where a team from the IOM began an integration program that included tours of Phnom Penh, language lessons and assistance with finding work.The Rohingya was the first to leave, a few months after his arrival, followed by the Iranian couple earlier this year. The Iranian man left after them.Another Rohingya man who arrived separately is still in Cambodia, but has spoken of the misery of eking out a life in Phnom Penh. But the lack of interest in the resettlement offer — even from those suffering a litany of abuses exposed in the Nauru detention camps — coupled with the departure of four of the refugees who have taken it up, has spoken volumes about the deal’s failings. On Friday, the Phnom Penh Post quoted immigration chief Gen. Sok Phal as saying that a delegation to Nauru had interviewed three men, and that paperwork had been submitted. Efforts to confirm this with the Connect Settlement Agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Australian Embassy were unsuccessful on Thursday. Multiple calls to refugee department spokesman Kerm Sarin were also unsuccessful. In an email to Anadolu Agency on Friday morning, Australia’s department of immigration and border protection said it “does not comment on individuals’ circumstances”.“Refugees in Nauru continue to have the option of volunteering for settlement in Cambodia,” the email said. “The Department continues to work with the Cambodian Government to ensure the successful implementation of the settlement arrangement.”The deal was inked in September 2014 at an initial cost of A$40 million ($30.5 million) in aid to Cambodia from Australian coffers. An additional A$15.5 million was later tacked on to cover transport and other logistical costs. read more

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