It appeared as if the whole nation stood up to greet me in Ahmedabad on my taking the nd wicket. Not this business of 'we don't have an all-rounder so we are not a balanced team! Although his match figures were unimpressive, the numbers did not convey any measure of his contribution.
India's tour of Australia in —81 had the looks of the familiar Indian series as India were 1—0 down and were defending a meagre runs and Dev virtually ruled out with a groin injury. In that Australian tour he took 25 wickets. The country was proud and that made me really happy A naturally aggressive player, he often helped India in difficult situations by taking the attack to the opposition.
In a —79 Test series against the West Indieshe not only took seven wickets in the fourth Test but also scored runs in the fifth Test to help India win the series.
Skills[ edit ] Dev was a right-arm pace bowler noted for his graceful action and potent outswingerand was India's main strike bowler for most of his career.