In an illustrious international career that ran from 1978 to 1994, Kapil captured 434 wickets and scored 5,248 runs in 131 Tests, and bagged 253 wickets and made 3,783 runs in 225 ODIs. He was best known for his potent outswinger that accounted for many batting stalwarts.
As captain, Kapil also led India to triumph in the four-nation Rothmans Cup in Sharjah in 1985.
Kapil has won almost all the top sports and civil awards in India and also abroad. In 1979-80, the Indian government conferred on him the Arjuna Award, the Padma Shri in 1982, and the Padma Bhushan in 1991.
The International Cricket Council inducted him in its Hall of Fame in 2010 while the Board of Control for Cricket in India honoured him with its highest accolade, the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award, in 2013.
Wisden, considered the final word on cricket, picked him among its Five Cricketers of the Year in its 1983 almanack, and in 2002 it chose him as the Indian Cricketer of the 20th Century in a one-off award.