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.
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.
Many happy returns of the day Kapil Paji. Have a wonderful and healthy year ahead. pic.twitter.com/NEz3jkps8k
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 6, 2020
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.!”
Birthday Greetings for the Greatest Indian All Rounder till date..GodBless Kaps now & Always..Love All Always.! pic.twitter.com/ykRxA0hpvT
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) January 5, 2020
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!”
An absolute great. And gave us all so much pleasure whenever he played. A superb player & a peerless entertainer. Happy birthday Kapil Dev! https://t.co/57xcA26JTi
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 6, 2020
Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee conveyed her wish to Kapil Dev.
Wishing @therealkapildev a very happy birthday. Entire country is proud of you
কপিলদেব কে জানাই জন্মদিনের শুভেচ্ছা। আপনি দেশের গর্ব
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 6, 2020
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 the Legendary @therealkapildev ji a healthy and long life. It was always a treat to watch him play on field. Finest all rounder and an even greater human being. “कपिल भाजी तुस्सी जीयो हज़ारों साल”👍 pic.twitter.com/73qPGOMTSa
— Kuldeep Bishnoi (@bishnoikuldeep) January 6, 2020
“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.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 6, 2020
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 !”
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 6, 2020
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.
Who else, @therealkapildev paaji was just one name any kid who wanted to bowl fast. Happy birthday to the legend who inspired many generations to take up fast bowling. Privileged to have shared commentary box with him. #Kapildev pic.twitter.com/jFnvAIehhn
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) January 6, 2020
Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan all had their own tweets coming in.
Happy birthday paji @therealkapildev 🙏
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 6, 2020
Happy birthday to @therealkapildev.. Sir, thank you for all your contributions that made Indian cricket what it is today. Have a great year ahead.
— IamKedar (@JadhavKedar) January 6, 2020
Happy Birthday to one of the legends of Indian cricket @therealkapildev Sir. Have a blessed year ahead.
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 6, 2020
Indian cricket journalist and commentator Harsha Bhogle conveyed his felicitation.
A very happy birthday to one of the greatest. The one and only Kapil Dev. Wish you many more.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 6, 2020
Renowned comedian and cricket humorist Vikram Sathaye greeted Kapil Dev, along with an ‘unseen’ clip of him interviewing the birthday man.
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) January 6, 2018
The official Twitter handle of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sent their greetings.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 6, 2020
The International Cricket Council (ICC) soon followed up.
#OnThisDay in 1959, former India skipper Kapil Dev was born.
With his inspired leadership, he took India to their maiden @cricketworldcup triumph in 1983 🏆
Happy birthday! 🎂 pic.twitter.com/SsukFpDmBk
— ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2020
Doordarshan’s official Twitter account sent their wish to the “Champion of Champions.”
— Doordarshan National (@DDNational) January 6, 2020
Next wish comes from the official Twitter handle of ESPNcricinfo.
The man who made a whole nation dream 🐐
India's greatest allrounder, Kapil Dev turns 61 today 🍰 pic.twitter.com/GgyEEQ48xe
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 6, 2020
Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals wished Kapil Dev, while asking the Twitter audience about their ‘favourite Kapil Dev moment.’
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 6, 2020
Lord’s Cricket Ground, the stadium where Kapil Dev lifted the trophy in 1983, sent their own greetings through their official Twitter handle.
🏆 From playing in the streets to captaining India to @cricketworldcup success at Lord's.
🎂 Happy Birthday, Kapil Dev.#LoveLords
— Lord's | Ticket Ballot now open! (@HomeOfCricket) January 6, 2020