Kapil Dev inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

ICC President David Morgan presents Kapil Dev with his commemorative cap on the occasion of his induction into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at the headquarters of the ICC in Dubai. (SUPPLIED)

India's Kapil Dev has been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the ICC headquarters in Dubai.

A commemorative cap was presented to Kapil by ICC President David Morgan, in front of fellow Hall of Famer Clive Lloyd, as well as an audience of ICC officials and other invited guests.

The Hall of Fame, run in association with the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (Fica), recognises some of the legends of the game from its long and illustrious history.

Kapil, 51, is probably best known for leading India to victory in the 1983 ICC World Cup. He played in 131 Test matches and 225 ODIs in an international career that spanned 16 years.

The Indian legend made his ODI debut for his country in 1978 against Pakistan in Quetta while his Test debut came two weeks later in Faisalabad against the same opposition.

Kapil played during what was a golden period for world-class all-rounders as other Hall of Famers Imran Khan of Pakistan, Ian Botham of England and New Zealand's Richard Hadlee were also plying their trade at that time.

Kapil was very much part of that elite company and is seen as one of the greatest pace bowlers India has produced and its finest bowling all-rounder.

In total, he took a remarkable 434 Test wickets and 253 ODI wickets.

On his induction into the Hall of Fame, Kapil said: "I am proud and happy to have been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and it's amazing to think that I have been picked as one of the greats of Indian cricket.

"I am delighted to have been named alongside so many great players of the game but for me, when I was growing up, the man I always looked up to was Sunil Gavaskar from the moment I started playing cricket. Now to be named also alongside greats of the game such as Clive Lloyd, Richard Hadlee and Wasim Akram it truly fantastic," he said.

ICC President David Morgan, who presented Kapil with his hand-crafted Hall of Fame cap at the ceremony at ICC headquarters in Dubai, was glowing in his praise for the latest inductee.

"Kapil was an all-time great player," said Morgan.

 

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