In an unfortunate turn of events, former India captain Kapil Dev had to be hospitalised after he suffered a heart attack. The World Cup-winning captain has undergone angioplasty, according to reports. More details on his health status are awaited.
The news was confirmed by journalist Teena Thacker on Twitter as she wrote:
“Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev @therealkapildev suffers heart attack, undergoes angioplasty at a hospital in Delhi. Wishing him a speedy recovery.”
Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev @therealkapildev suffers heart attack, undergoes angioplasty at a hospital in Delhi. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
— Teena Thacker (@Teensthack) October 23, 2020
Statement by Fortis Escorts, Okhla, Delhi on Kapil Dev’s health
“Cricketer 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. 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”: Fortis Escorts, Okhla, Delhi
Kapil Dev is one of the greatest cricketers to have graced the game. One of the finest allrounders in the history of the game, the former cricketer represented India for well over a decade. He had made his debut for India against Pakistan in Quetta on October 1, 1978, before making his Test debut later that month in Faisalabad.
He went on to represent India in 131 Tests, amassing 5,248 runs in addition to picking up 434 wickets. Kapil Dev also represented India in 225, ODIs, scoring 3,783 runs and picking up 253 wickets. His finest moment in the game came in 1983 when he led India to their first-ever World Cup triumph.
Kapil Dev led from the very front as India defied all the odds and beat the mighty West Indies in the final at the Lord’s to register a historic triumph. After retiring from the game in 1994, he served as the head coach of the Indian. He took charge of the team in 1999 but had a forgettable stint with the team.
In his term, India won just one test match (at home against New Zealand) and had two major series losses in Australia (3–0) and at home against South Africa (2–0). He had to resign from the post in the wake of the match-fixing scandal. Later, Kapil Dev was cleared of all the charges.