Today in history: When Kapil Dev became the first Indian to take 5 wickets in ODIs

new Delhi: Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev Who will not be known in the cricket world by the name of One of the greatest all-rounders of all time in the world, Kapil holds the world record for taking the highest number of 434 wickets in Test cricket, while he is also the only cricketer in the world to name 5000+ Test runs as well as 400+ Tests. Wickets are also recorded. But we are not talking about these records of Kapil here, rather we will talk about that record, which was never expected from any Indian fast bowler. Let's tell what that record of Kapil was.

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Bowlers taking 5 wickets in ODIs for the first time
Actually, Kapil Dev had done 37 years ago on 13 June 1983 to become the first Indian bowler to take 5 wickets for the Indian team in ODI cricket. In the World Cup 1983, this feat was done by Kapil Dev on the ground of Nottingham against Australia. Batting first, Australia scored 320 runs for 9 wickets in 60 overs with the help of 110 runs by Traver Chappell, 52 runs by skipper Kim Hughes and 66 runs by Graham Yallap. The bowling of Kapil Dev (5 wickets for 43 runs in 12 overs) also helped to prevent the Australian team till this score. In response, the Indian cricket team lost the match by falling for just 158 ​​runs in 37.5 overs. Once again, Kapil Dev was instrumental in reaching this score, who scored the highest score of 40 runs.

5 wickets were taken for India again after 5 years
How big Kapil Dev's feat was at that time, it can be gauged that it took 5 years for a bowler to take the next 5 wickets for Team India in ODI cricket. After Kapil Dev, Sanjeev Sharma became the next Indian bowler to take 5 wickets in an ODI match. This Indian fast bowler took 5 wickets for 26 runs against West Indies in Sharjah on 16 October 1988.

The interesting thing is that from October 1988 to December, 4 times Indian bowlers had taken 5 wickets in an ODI match, out of which 2 times opener batsman Krishnamachari Srikkanth in the same series with his improvised off-spin bowling. Took 5 wickets in the match against New Zealand. Srikanth took 5 wickets for 27 runs at Visakhapatnam on 10 December 1988, and on 15 December 1988, at the Indore ground, he took 5 wickets for 32 runs.

Before him, on 31 October 1988, off-spinner Arshad Ayub became the first spinner to perform for India, taking 5 wickets for 21 runs during the Asia Cup match against Pakistan in Dhaka. Ayub's record of best bowling performance was broken by Ravi Shastri on 8 December 1991 against Australia at Perth, taking 5 wickets for just 15 runs.

Kapil's best Indian bowling for 18 years in World Cup too
It took an Indian bowler 18 years to do the feat of taking 5 wickets in the World Cup match for India after Kapil Dev. During this time the 1987, 1992 and 1996 World Cups passed like this. Kapil's record was broken by Robin Singh in the 1999 ICC World Cup on May 26, 1999, taking 5 wickets for 31 runs against Sri Lanka at the Taunton ground.

However, Singh's record was broken only 11 days later on 8 June 1999 by Venkatesh Prasad with a career-best 5 wickets for 27 against Pakistan. The record of best bowling in the World Cup for Team India is named after Ashish Nehra, who took 6 wickets for just 23 runs against England on 26 February 2003 in Durban. Apart from all these, in the World Cup, Yuvraj Singh has taken 5 wickets for 31 runs against Ireland on 6 March 2011 in Bangalore and the last time Mohammad Shami took 5 wickets for 69 runs against England at Birmingham ground on 30 June 2019.