Wishes pour in as ‘Haryana Hurricane’ turns 61


Guwahati: Another feather and another year added to the milestone that this legend has set in Indian cricket. On Monday India’s legendary World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev turned 61.

 Medium pace bowler, aggressive with the bat, an epitome of a classic all-rounder and a highly admirable leader, Kapil Dev will always be commemorated as the captain who led Team India to lift the cricket World Cup in 1983 for the very first time.

 It wasn’t just the cricket fraternity that poured in their wishes for Kapil Dev but also politicians and people from other walks of life took the social media platform to wish the all-rounder.

Kapil Dev’s former teammate Bishan Singh Bedi led the wishes. “Birthday Greetings for the Greatest Indian All Rounder till date..GodBless Kaps now & Always..Love All Always.!” The former spinner tweeted.


“Wishing you a day filled with happiness and a life filled with joy. A very happy birthday @therealkapildev Paaji,” former batsman VVS Laxman tweeted.


“Many more happy returns of the day @therealkapildev Paaji. Thank you for inspiring a whole generation of youngsters,” Mohammad Kaif wrote.

Ranveer Singh, who will star as Kapil Dev in the movie ”83′, which will tell the story of the 1983 World Cup victory, shared behind-the-scenes photos from the sets of the movie, wishing the all-rounder on his birthday.

“Happy Birthday, Legend! Thank you for showing us the way. You made us proud. Now it’s our turn,” he wrote.

Kapil Dev made his debut for India against Pakistan in Quetta on October 1, 1978 and since then there has been no turning back. The fast bowling all-rounder, known fondly as the ‘Haryana Hurricane’, was the first player to do the all-rounder’s double of 100 wickets and 1000 runs just at the age of 21.

The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee called an end to his playing career in 1994.