NEW DELHI: Legendary Indian cricketer and captain of the 1983 World Cup-winning side Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack and has undergone angioplasty at a hospital in New Delhi.
Kapil, 61, who had been pretty active in the social circuit and on the golf course before the pandemic struck, is “stable now”.
“He is feeling okay now. I just spoke to his wife (Romi). He was feeling uneasy yesterday (Thursday). He is undergoing check-ups at a hospital as we speak,” former Test player and Indian Cricketers Association president Ashok Malhotra told PTI.
“Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack. He was evaluated and an emergency coronary angioplasty was performed in the middle of night,” the Fortis Escorts Hospital in Okhla Road, New Delhi, said in an updated health bulletin after only mentioning chest pain in its initial statement.
“Currently, he is admitted in ICU and under close supervision of Dr Atul Mathur and his team. Kapil Dev is stable now and he is expected to get discharged in a couple of days.”
Angioplasty is a procedure to open blocked arteries and restore normal blood flow to the heart.
Kapil played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs before retiring and is the only player in history to claim over 400 wickets (434) and accumulate more than 5000 runs in Tests.
Kapil was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame in 2010.
After the news of his illness came in, the sporting fraternity wished Kapil a speedy recovery.
(With PTI inputs)