5 legends who unnecessarily prolonged their Test careers
#4 Kapil Dev
A trail-blazer in every aspect, Kapil was India’s first dependable fast bowler. When he made his debut in 1978 against arch-rivals Pakistan, India’s slip cordon exchanged gleeful looks as one of their own had finally begun to thud the ball into the wicket-keeper's gloves. At his zenith, iconic England pacer Fred Trueman referred to him as a 'spectator's delight'.
Having toiled tirelessly without any proper pace partner for the vast majority of his career, Kapil was in the vicinity of long-time competitor Sir Richard Hadlee’s record as the bowler with the most Test wickets ever. From 1st June 1992 till his retirement in March 1994, he could only pick up 33 wickets from 16 Tests which was a sharp contrast to the 401 wickets from 115 matches prior to that.
While he continued to show glimpses of his typically flamboyant batting, Kapil’s slackening pace had begun to affect his trademark out-swinger. Eventually, he did overtake Hadlee and retired as the then leading Test wicket-taker of all time.Published 01 Dec 2016, 15:22 IST