Kapil Dev recovers from heart surgery

Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Published: 16:23, Oct 23,2020 | Updated: 00:09, Oct 24,2020


Kapil Dev

Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev was in a ‘stable’ condition after undergoing emergency cardiac surgery Friday after complaining of chest pain, hospital authorities said.

The 61-year-old, who led India to their first World Cup title in 1983, was rushed to a Delhi hospital where surgeons conducted an emergency coronary angioplasty.

Neither the hospital nor Dev’s family commented on media reports that he had suffered a heart attack.

A hospital statement said only that Dev was in ‘stable’ condition.

The news triggered a flurry of comments on social media from cricketers and fans, with current Indian captain Virat Kohli wishing the once-feared all-rounder a speedy recovery.

‘Please join me in sending prayers, strength and good wishes,’ said Madan Lal, a bowler in the 1983 ‘Kapil’s Devils’ side that stunned the West Indies at the World Cup final at Lord’s.

Dev took 687 Test and one-day wickets and scored nearly 9,000 runs during a 16-year long international career.

After retiring in 1994, he became a national team coach and selector. In 2002, Dev was named ‘Indian Cricketer of the Century’ by Wisden.

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