On January 6, 1959, in Chandigarh, Kapildev Ramlal Nikhanj was born to teak merchant Ram Lal Nikhanj and his wife Rajkumari.

In November 1975, Kapil Dev had an outstanding debut for Haryana against Punjab with a 6-wicket haul, holding Punjab to just 63 runs and assisting Haryana in winning.

He was a hard-hitting middle-order batsman and a fast-medium bowler. In 2002, Wisden named him the Indian Cricketer of the Century.

Dev was the captain of the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, making him the first Indian captain to do so.

He retired in 1994 while still holding the record for most Test cricket wickets taken in history.

He is the first cricketer in history to have taken 434 wickets, more than 400, and scored more than 5,000 runs in Test matches.

Dev was elected to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on March 11, 2010.  He received the Padma Shri in 1982 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991.