All time cricket legends, Imran Khan vs. Kapil Dev – Wasim Akram vs. Kapil Dev
Imran Khan vs. Kapil Dev
A few years ago an Indian news channel CNN-IBN had a wonderful program featuring sub-continent’s two great all-rounders, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev. The channel discussed about the tough life of an all-rounder, the competition that took between the two great all-rounders in their time and the edge with how they led there teams.
Now as far as Imran Khan is concerned he was one of the most handsome personalities to ever grace the sport of Cricket who looked more like a Hollywood Star. His presence on the field exuded the feeling of seeing an emperor commanding his knights.
Above all he overshadowed Ian Botham with the bat and the ball, and he always found it easy to penetrate brilliantly through his impregnable defense, in terms of his bowling, his unrelenting hostility and aggression and his in-swing was unplayable. Imran would tear through the best of batting like a tiger tearing flesh. He was a master of the in-swinger and the bouncer.
He was amongst the greatest captains ever leading his team like a Marshall in an Army. He was a master tactician as a skipper. He led Pakistan to becoming the joint unofficial test champions and the one day Champions
As for Kapil Dev, he is considered as the greatest all-rounder in Indian cricket. Widely seen as the people’s champion, he became the living symbol of the hopes and aspirations of millions of his countrymen during the course of his 16-year Test career. Not only was he a world-class all-rounder, but, as his country’s captain, he always led by example. Kapil, who became perhaps India’s first world-class medium-pacer with his stock out swinger, often had to carry the Indian attack on his own. His best performance in Tests was a magnificent 9-83 against the West Indies in Ahmadabad in 1983-84.
Whether with bat or ball or in his role as captain, Kapil played a crucial role in most of India’s Test wins in the late 1970s and 1980s and y the time he retired from the Test arena in 1994, Kapil had made 5,248 runs at an average of 31.05 and had created a world record, at that time, of 434 Test wickets at 29.64.
Kapil Dev and Wasim Akram best performance as all-rounders
Kapil Dev, the Indian all-rounder, was the highest ranking test cricketer from 1992 and 1994. He also achieved a very impressive rating of 433. Dev was a very inspirational captain and it was during his captaincy that, in 1983, India won the cricket World Cup. For this feat and for his heroics on the cricket field, Kapil Dev will be remembered for all time by all Indian cricket supporters. Although Dev was a very good test play,he specialized in one day international cricket and has the highest strike rate in World Cup cricket.
The Pakistani, Wasim Akram, is known predominantly as a bowler and it is in this discipline that he holds many records. This left handed bowler bowled surprising fast for a bowler with a very short run up. He is known as the master swinger and is able to swing a cricket ball at remarkable pace. With this deadly combination, Akram became the first bowler to take 500 wickets in one day internationals. Akram could also be devastating with the bat and has achieved a double hundred and other centuries in test cricket. He was also a very reliable captain and was given his first chance in cricket by Javed Miandad in 1985.
With their outstanding records and unforgotten performances they both won the World Cup as captains for their respective countries and this is one of the greatest reasons to be remembered till this day.