Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev turns 50

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/k/kapildev2.jpg' class='caption'> Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev said his birthday wish was to see the Indian team touch new highs this year.

Updated: January 06, 2009 09:12 IST
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New Delhi:

Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, who led India's cricket team to it's only World Cup title in 1983, turned 50 on Tuesday.

Kapil, who made his India debut against Pakistan in 1978, was given a surprise party by his friends last night but the former captain has no plans for celebrations today and will spend the day at his home here.

"Last night, my friends threw a surprise party for me and I enjoyed myself there. I will spend the day at home and the celebrations will happen on January 16, which is my daughter Amiya's birthday," Kapil said.

The all-rounder, who along with Bishan Singh Bedi and Sunil Gavaskar, was inducted into the ICC's Hall of Fame last week, said his birthday wish was to see the Indian team touch new highs this year.

"You know I always breath cricket. I hope 2009 will be better than last year and I wish Indian cricket and the Indian Cricket League (ICL) will be more successful," said Kapil, who fell out with the BCCI after aligning with the ICL, a Twenty20 venture declared rebel by the Board.

"My best wishes are with Indian cricket in general. I wish each one of our cricketers success at the international and domestic level," he added.

Arguably the best all-rounder that India produced, Kapil ended his Test career with a record 431 wickets and 5248 runs in 131 matches. His one-day record was no less admirable with 253 wickets and 3783 runs in 225 ODIs.

Kapil is currently engaged in a legal battle with the BCCI for stopping the pensions of former cricketers who have opted to work with the ICL, where he is the executive board chairman.

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