Kapil Dev, who won the 1983 World Cup for India under his captaincy, is counted among the greatest all-rounders in the history of Indian cricket. Kapil Dev, who took the highest 434 wickets in Test matches for India as a fast bowler , is also remembered for his brilliant batting. Kapil took the Indian team out of trouble many times with his best batting. His explosive innings of 175 * played against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup is still remembered.
Kapil played a similar innings on this day, 30 July 1990, in a Test match against England at the historic Lord’s ground. In that match, England scored a mammoth total of 653/4 in their first innings, thanks to Graham Gooch’s scintillating 333-run knock, in response, India scored centuries of Mohammad Azharuddin (121) and Ravi Shastri (100). But due to the failure of the rest of the batsmen, at one point India’s score was 430 for 9 wickets and they needed 24 runs to save the follow on and Kapil Dev and spin bowler Narendra Hirwani were present at the crease. . Hirwani was considered a weak batsman. In such a situation, it was almost impossible for India to save follow-on.
But Kapil Dev made this difficult task possible and he saved India from the follow-on by hitting four sixes in four consecutive balls in the same over of Eddie Hemmings. Kapil, after playing the first two balls of Hammings’ over defensively, hit 4 beautifully timed sixes in the next four balls and forced every spectator present at Lord’s to praise his daring batting. This method adopted by Kapil to save the follow-on was absolutely favorable as Fraser dismissed Narendra Hirwani lbw on the very next ball and ended the Indian innings on the score of 454. Kapil Dev remained not out after scoring 77* off 75 balls with the help of 8 fours and 4 sixes.
Watch the below video of Kapil Dev’s feat and how Sunil Gavaskar in the commentary was mentioning that only Kapil Dev is capable of doing such things .