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8th February 1994: Kapil Dev Becomes Highest Wicket-taker in Tests

Cricketnext Staff |February 8, 2018, 4:06 PM IST
8th February 1994: Kapil Dev Becomes Highest Wicket-taker in Tests

Kapil Dev scripted history as he picked up his 432nd Test wicket and moved past Richard Hadlee's record of maximum wickets in Test cricket.

He picked up Hashan Tillakaratne on 5, caught at short leg by Sanjay Manjrekar.

The feat was saluted with 432 balloons and a minute's standing ovation. Venkatpathy Raju and Rajesh Chauhan picked up 17 wickets between them and India won 9 consecutive Tests on trot.

"I was lucky to get 431 wickets," Kapil said after the game.

"So what if you think I am lucky. I have got so many wickets."

Hadlee too wished Dev for his feat by saying, “It’s a marvellous performance, although in some ways it’s sad. It’s a very special moment for Kapil Dev and for world cricket and we should enjoy the moment for Kapil as well. Probably in 10 years, someone will go beyond Kapil and the way that Shane Warne is going at the moment, he could be the first to get 500.”

The Test was also remembered for Atapattu's duck, which made it 5 ducks and a score 1 in the first six innings.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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