Kapil Dev undergoes emergency coronary angioplasty after suffering 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.

Kapil Dev, the former India World Cup-winning captain, has undergone a coronary angioplasty surgery after he was admitted to Fortis Hospital in New Delhi late Thursday night due to chest pain.

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.

“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,” said a hospital statement.

“Currently, he is admitted in ICU and under the 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.”

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.

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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