Kapil Dev honoured with Lifetime Achievement award in UK
London: India’s first World Cup winning Captain and Indian Cricket legend Kapil Dev has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Indo-European Forum (IBEF) at a ceremony in the house of Lords on Wednesday evening.
The award has been given for his immense contribution to sport and also for his tremendous work in the field of upliftment of poor and destitute communities through the Khushi society.
Kapil was a right-arm pace bowler and all-rounder. He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He retired in 1994, holding the world record for the most number of wickets taken in Test cricket, a record broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000. He is the only player in the history of cricket to have taken more than 400 wickets (434 wickets) and scored more than 5,000 runs in Tests as an all-rounder.
“I am very proud to be Indian. Today India is ready to do business with anybody in the world,” Dev said in his acceptance speech.
“I used to hate England because they ruled my country but I am happy they gave us the game of cricket, which they can’t play very well, and the English language, which I can’t speak very well,” he added.