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.”
Later in the day, a short statement on his Instagram account expressed gratitude for the concern and support extended to his family.
“Thank you everyone for all the love and concern. I am overwhelmed with the good wishes and well on the road to recovery,” the statement read.
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.
Praying for your speedy recovery. 🙏🏻 Get well soon paaji. @therealkapildev
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1603445615000
Take care @therealkapildev! Praying for your quick recovery. Get well soon Paaji. 🙏🏼
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1603446555000
Wishing u speedy recovery sir @therealkapildev 🙏…
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 1603443362000
Wishing the @therealkapildev a swift recovery. The nation is well aware of his grit and spirit and we are very sure… https://t.co/e3ZJnbaxuP
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1603449313000
I pray for the speedy recovery of Kapil Dev ji. You are a fighter and we know you will win this fight too. @therealkapildev
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) 1603448959000
India’s one of the greatest cricket legend #Kapildev hospitalized after heart attack Pray for his fast recovery 🙏🏽
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) 1603453579000
Wishing @therealkapildev good health & a speedy recovery. Take care sir!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 1603443993000
Get well soon Paaji @therealkapildev
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) 1603444487000
Wishing you a speedy recovery @therealkapildev Sir .. Take care & God Bless 🙏
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) 1603444489000
To those who have called to inquire your prayers and wishes are conveyed to the family and received with gratitude… https://t.co/VfkC6UtoYF
— Madan Lal (@MadanLal1983) 1603443972000
Wishing great @therealkapildev a speedy recovery post his angioplasty, you have been a fighter always Paaji and you… https://t.co/SvRt4PtU4U
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 1603444826000
Wishing the big-hearted, mighty Kapil Dev a speedy recovery. So much more to do.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1603443299000
(With PTI inputs)