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Castrol award for Kapil Dev

KOLKATA, NOV. 25. Kapil Dev Nikhanj, India's most successful all-rounder and World Cup-winning captain will receive the Castrol Lifetime Achievement in Cricket award here on Friday. The former India captain took 434 wickets and scored 5,248 runs in 131 Tests. He took 253 wickets and scored 3,783 runs in 225 one-day internationals as well.

A press release issued by the company here on Thursday said Kapil, as a new ball bowler, was primarily responsible for inspiring an entire generation of Indians to take to fast bowling. From Chetan Sharma and Javagal Srinath in the 80's and 90's to the Zaheer Khans, Ashish Nehras and Irfan Pathans of present day, all followed the footsteps of the man who showed the world that young men from India could also intimidate opposition batsmen with pace.

Kapil was also instrumental in injecting a never-say-die attitude into the psyche of Indian cricket during his extraordinary career. Former greats, Capt. Vijay Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan. Tendulkar and Dravid had been awarded thrice each in the past. — Our Special Correspondent

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