Dev gets UK Lifetime Achievement award

India legend Kapil Dev was honoured by the Indo-European Business Forum at the House of Lords in London in Wednesday, handed a Lifetime Achievement award for his work in the sporting and charity fields.

Dev, who took 434 Test wickets as a fast bowling all-rounder, was given the gong after his work with the Kushii society, uplifting poor communities and using his status as a cricket legend for good.

When receiving the award, Dev said: “I am very proud to be Indian. Today India is ready to do business with anybody in the world.

He added jokingly: “I used to hate England because they ruled my country but I am happy they gave us the game of cricket, which they can’t play very well, and the English language, which I can’t speak very well.”

The 55-year-old played 131 Tests for India, scoring eight centuries and averaging less than 30 with the ball. He also played 225 ODIs, including a World Cup title, and took 253 wickets in that format.