One of India's all-time greats, Kapil Dev retired from the game in 1994. He ended his glorious 16-year long international career as the highest wicket-taker in Tests and one of the finest all-rounders the world had ever seen. Till date, Kapil Dev is hailed as unarguably the greatest all-rounder that India has ever produced. Kapil's moment of glory came quite early in his career when he led India to its maiden World Cup win in 1983.
Leading a group that had a few senior players, the 24-old young Indian captain instilled the self-belief in his team to win the elusive title. While not many gave India the chance in 1983, it was Kapil's hunger and belief that took India to the World Cup final in 1983. Dev, with his majestic 175 against Zimbabwe, scored India's maiden century in the World Cup history. Later, he was even named as the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century for his enormous contribution towards the game in India.
Kapil Dev | Details & Player Profile
|Date of Birth
|January 6, 1959
|183 cm (6’ 0”)
From a tender age, Kapil was one of the sporty kids and it was his affinity to sports that introduced him to cricket at a very young age. He made his first-class debut for Haryana in November 1975 against Punjab and bagged a 6-wicket haul in an impressive outing. It didn't take him long to make his way to the Indian team as one the country's first recognizable pace bowlers. Kapil's multi-faceted ability stood him apart. He could bowl with pace and swing and had the rare ability to tonk sixes at will.
Kapil Dev Salary
During Kapil Dev's active years as a cricketer, money wasn't a huge part of the game. Unlike today, players were paid nominal match fees and didn't have the luxury of lucrative centrals contracts from the cricket board. A lot of high-earning players relied on brand advertisements and endorsements to account for their annual salary. For someone like Kapil Dev, even after nearly three decades after his retirement, is one of the highest earning retired cricketers in India. Courtesy of his special exploits as cricketer, brands understand his face value in promoting their products. As part of his net worth, Kapil Dev earns a salary of over INR 12 Crores in a year.
Kapil Dev Endorsements & Income
Kapil Dev endorses multiple brands which helps him earn a massive amount of money. If the reports are to believed, he charged INR 5 Crores from the makers of '83 – The Film' in order to share his side of story in the theatres. Some of his most recent brands include Cred, Novo Nordisk India – a leading global healthcare company. In 2019, AIPL ABRO signed Kapil as their brand ambassador and since then he has constantly featured in its ads and videos across various social media platforms. As one of his first endorsement for a brand, Kapil Dev featured in an ad for the Palmolive shaving cream.
Kapil Dev Social Media Engagements
Dev played in era when social media was nearly decade and a half before it's advent in the world. However, Kapil was still the superstar of his era who reached the general public majorly via interviews in newspapers or advertisements and appearances on mass media platforms. Post his retirement, the ‘Haryana Hurricane' made appearance on the national television primarily as a commentator. It helped his following on the various social media platforms in connecting with the generation which rarely took notice of India's glorious cricketing journey under Kapil Dev.
- Twitter- 582k
- Instagram – 254k
Kapil Dev Investments
Kapil Dev was always a very pro-active cricket on the field. And much like his on-field exploits, he was quite assured of what he wanted to do in life post cricket. “I saw a fellow cricketer-cum-manager not very financially well-off…. It occurred to me that I do not want to face such a situation…. That’s how I decided I should invest some money, “said Kapil Dev on his investment plans.
Kapil's first major business was a field and sports lighting company, called Dev Musco Lighting Pvt. Ltd,in association with American firm Musco Sports Lighting Ll. However, Kapil later acquired the 100% stakes in the company. He also holds a 5% stake in Zicom Electronics. Not only this, he has also invested in various other fields. The former Indian captain also owns a restaurant in Chandigarh named ‘Kaptain's Retreat'. He always had a keen interest in his real-estate business which contributes a wealth to the net worth of Kapil Dev in 2022.
Kapil Dev Awards & Recognition
Considering a great career that he had, Kapil was awarded some of the sporting honors alongside civilian awards by the Government of India. At an early stage in his career, Dev received Arjuna Award in 1979. A few years later, he was conferred with Padma Shri in 1982. Post India's historic World Cup campaign in 1983, Kapil was named the Wisden Cricketer of the Year. After his retirement, he was recognized as the greatest Indian cricketer of the century. In 2010, Dev was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame as one of the first Indian cricketer.
- Arjuna Award in 1979
- Padma Shri in 1982
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1983
- Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002
- Padma Bhushan in 1991
- ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010
- CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award in 2013
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. What is the net worth of Kapil Dev in 2022?
Kapil Dev net worth 2022 is around $30 Million (Rs. 220 crores)
Q. What is the salary of Kapil Dev?
Kapil Dev's total annual income stands near around INR 12 Crores.
Q. What is the height of Kapil Dev?
The height of Kapil Dev is 183 cm (6′ 0″).