India’s first cricket ODI World Cup Winning captain Kapil Dev had yet another honour bestowed upon him today; this time by Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi. Yes, the legendary all-rounder now has a wax statue dedicated to him at the Madam Tussauds Museum, which he himself unveiled on Thursday. According to The Hindu, Madame Tussauds is one of London’s largest tourist attractions. It is an interactive wax museum and has 23 branches across the world. The New Delhi Museum at the famous Regal Cinema in Delhi’s Connaught Place is the 23rd. The New Delhi Madame Tussauds wax museum is reported to have over 50 figures of famous personalities from the world, in the fields of sports, music, films, history among other things.
Among the most famous wax figures are Amitabh Bachchan, Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, the legendary Jackie Chan, Sachin Tendulkar and pop star Lady Gaga. Kapil Dev finds himself amongst these all time greats. Kapil Dev’s legendary catch of Sir Vivian Richards in the finals of the cricket World Cup 1983, led India to an inspiring victory against the two-time winners and defending champions, the invincible West Indies. Team India’s feat led by Dev had put Indian cricket on the world map as a major competitor. This moment had also led to many legendary Indian cricketers to take up the game as children. One such example is the ‘God of cricket’, Sachin Tendulkar.
Simply put, Kapil Dev was the best fast bowling all rounder India has ever produced in its long cricketing history. If he had played at a time when there was no Imran Khan or Ian Botham or Sir Richard Hadlee, he would have been known as the greatest all-rounder in the world. However, that was not to be. Yet for India, he was the bowler who got India countless breakthroughs for the team to build its wins. For a very long period of time, Kapil Dev was India’s highest wicket taker in test matches with 431 wickets, a number that also briefly made him the highest wicket-taker of all time. His ability with the bat must also not be forgotten. His 175 against Zimbabwe, a match that remains undocumented due to a BBC strike, was also the highest individual score in a World Cup for a long time – it was also the innings that eventually led India to lift the trophy in the tournament.