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Reliving the Day Kapil Dev Conquered Test Cricket with the Monumental 432nd Wicket

Kapil's record-breaking feat was a testament to his ability, skill, and determination

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INDIA: It was a historic moment in Test cricket as Kapil Dev, India’s legendary fast bowler, broke the long-standing record of most Test match wickets held by Richard Hadlee of New Zealand. 

On the 8th of February, 1994, Kapil Dev took his 432nd wicket in a Test match against Sri Lanka, surpassing Hadlee’s mark of 431 wickets and cementing his place in cricketing history.

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Kapil Dev was born in January 1959 in Chandigarh, India. He made his international debut in 1978 and quickly established himself as one of the best fast bowlers in the world. 

He was known for his ability to swing the ball both ways, making him a fearsome opponent for batters.

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Throughout his career, Kapil Dev was known for his aggressive style of play and never-say-die attitude.

He played 131 Test matches for India, taking 434 wickets at an average of 29.64. He also represented India in 225 One-Day Internationals, taking 253 wickets and scoring 3,783 runs.

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Kapil Dev’s most outstanding achievement was breaking Richard Hadlee’s record for the most wickets in Test cricket.

Hadlee, who played for New Zealand, was considered one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time and held the record for over a decade.

His record-breaking feat came in the third Test match against Sri Lanka in Delhi, where he dismissed veteran Sri Lankan opener Hashan Tilakaratne.

Kapil held the record for eight years before it was broken by another all-time great, Courtney Walsh. This shows how long and steady Kapil was.

Kapil Dev’s achievement was a significant moment for Indian cricket, as he became the first Indian player to break a major world record in the sport. 

The record-breaking performance was a turning point in Indian cricket history. It inspired a whole new generation of young cricket players and gave the country a sense of pride.

To this day, Kapil Dev remains one of India’s greatest cricketers and is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. 

His performance in 1994, when he broke a record, is remembered as one of the best in Indian cricket. It shows how talented and important he was to the sport.

Despite the records and accolades, Kapil Dev remained humble and down-to-earth throughout his career.

He is known for his warm personality and sportsmanship, and he remains a beloved figure in Indian cricket.

Kapil Dev’s legacy inspires young cricketers, and his record-breaking performance will always be remembered as a turning point in Indian cricket history.

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