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Kapil Dev stable after emergency coronary angioplasty due to chest pain

Kapil Dev, 61, is still regarded as one of the finest all-rounders that the cricket world has produced. He led India to their first World Cup triumph in 1983.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 24, 2020 7:54:15 am
Kapil Dev, Kapil Dev Heart attack, Kapil dev angioplastyFormer India cricketer Chetan Sharma tweeted this image of Kapil Dev getting treated at Fortis Escorts hospital in South Delhi. (chetans1987/Twitter)

Kapil Dev, the former India World Cup-winning captain, is stable after undergoing a coronary angioplasty surgery at the Fortis Hospital in New Delhi late Thursday night due to chest pain.

“Currently, he is admitted in ICU and under close supervision” the hospital said in a statement. “Mr Kapil Dev is stable now and he is expected to get discharged in couple of days.”

“Mr. Kapil Dev came to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (Okhla Road) emergency department at 1:00 am on 23rd October with a complaint of chest pain. He was evaluated and an emergency coronary angioplasty was performed in the middle of the night,” the statement said.

Dev later tweeted that he was recovering. “Thank you everyone for all the love and concern,” Dev wrote. “I am overwhelmed with the good wishes and well on the road to recovery.”

Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) President Ashok Malhotra, a friend of Kapil, told PTI that the iconic cricketer is doing fine.

“He is feeling okay now. I just spoke to his wife. He was feeling uneasy yesterday. He is undergoing check-ups at a hospital as we speak,” Malhotra, also a former Test player, told PTI.

The 61-year-old is still regarded as one of the finest all-rounders that the cricket world has produced. He led India to their first World Cup triumph in 1983. Kapil, who has played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs, inspired India to an unforgettable World Cup victory in 1983 where they defeated the mighty West Indies in the final at the Lord’s.

Kapil is the only player in history to claim over 400 wickets (434) and accumulate more than 5000 runs in Tests. He was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

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