TODAY IN HISTORY - FEB 8 - KAPIL DEV BECOMES THE WORLD-RECORD HOLDER SURPASSING THE GREAT SIR RICHARD HADLEE
The undisputed greatest all-round cricketer India has produced, Kapil Dev, will remember February the 8th, very fondly. In the year 1994, approaching the twilight of his career, Dev championed the Indian team against a very strong Sri Lankan team captained by the strong-willed Arjuna Ranatunga. It was the third test match played at Ahmedabad and after losing the toss, Dev took less than an hour to remove Hashan Tillakaratne, who was caught at short-leg by Sanjay Manjrekar. With this wicket, Dev took his tally to 432 wickets which meant that he went past New Zealand’s Sir Richard Hadlee as the leading wicket-taker in world cricket at that time. To mark this occasion, 432 balloons were released and a minute standing ovation was bestowed upon the Indian champion. It was also the day captain, Mohammad Azharuddin celebrated his 31st birthday.