Twitter sends love to legendary all rounder Kapil Dev for his 61st birthday

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The captain of the Indian Cricket Team that lifted the 1983 Cricket World Cup. An Honorary  Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Territorial Army. A blistering all rounder for the Men in Blues. Its the birthday of India’s cricketing icon- the one and only Kapil Dev! Everyone’s beloved ‘Haryana Hurricane’ has just turned 61 today, and the whole lot of social media has overflown with birthday wishes and felicitations.

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Another legend and icon of the game of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar wished Kapil Paaji: Many happy returns of the day Kapil Paji. Have a wonderful and healthy year ahead.”, along with a photo of the duo.

Bishan Singh Bedi, former Test captain, sent his best wishes to his former teammate: “Birthday Greetings for the Greatest Indian All Rounder till date..GodBless Kaps now & Always..Love All Always.!”

Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Congress leader and reputed writer retweeted Bishan Bedi’s tweet with the caption: “An absolute great. And gave us all so much pleasure whenever he played. A superb player & a peerless entertainer. Happy birthday Kapil Dev!”

Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee conveyed her wish to Kapil Dev.

Kuldeep Bishnoi, another Congress politician and the current Member of the Legislative Assembly from Adampur, Haryana, posted an evergreen picture of himself with a young Kapil, with a complimenting caption:

“Wishing you a day filled with happiness and a life filled with joy. A very happy birthday @therealkapildev Paaji.” tweeted former Indian star cricketer VVS Laxman, with a picture of himself with Kapil Dev.

Mohammad Kaif tweeted a picture of himself with Kapil, and also thanked him for being a role model for the younger generation of Indian cricketers: Many more happy returns of the day@therealkapildev Paaji. Thank you for inspiring a whole generation of youngsters !”

Former Men in Blues star RP Singh’s wish mentioned how Kapil was the idol for the young cricketing fans who aspired to become a fast bowler. A pacer himself during his career, RP Singh also mentioned that he had worked with Kapil Dev as a commentator, along with a picture.

Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan all had their own tweets coming in.

Indian cricket journalist and commentator Harsha Bhogle conveyed his felicitation.

Renowned comedian and cricket humorist Vikram Sathaye greeted Kapil Dev, along with an ‘unseen’ clip of him interviewing the birthday man.

The official Twitter handle of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sent their greetings.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) soon followed up.

Doordarshan’s official Twitter account sent their wish to the “Champion of Champions.”

Next wish comes from the official Twitter handle of ESPNcricinfo.

Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals wished Kapil Dev, while asking the Twitter audience about their ‘favourite Kapil Dev moment.’

Lord’s Cricket Ground, the stadium where Kapil Dev lifted the trophy in 1983, sent their own greetings through their official Twitter handle.

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