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Legendary Cricketer Kapil Dev Suffers Heart Attack, Undergoes Angioplasty

NEW DELHI: The legendary Indian cricketer and World Cup captain Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack and underwent angioplasty in a hospital in New Delhi in 1983. Kapil, 61, who had been very involved before the pandemic hit on the social circuit and on the golf course, is "stable now." "Now he's feeling okay. I just talked to his wife (Romi). Yesterday (Thursday) he was feeling uncomfortable. As we talk, he is undergoing check-ups at a hospital," said former Test player and President of the Indian Cricketers Association Ashok Malhotra.

"A heart attack was suffered by Kapil Dev. He was assessed and in the middle of the night an emergency coronary angioplasty was performed," the Fortis Escorts Hospital in Okhla Lane, New Delhi, said in an updated health bulletin after only mentioning chest pain in its original statement. “He is currently admitted to the ICU under the close supervision of Dr. Atul Mathur and his team. Kapil Dev is now stable and he is expected to be discharged in a few days.”

A brief post on his Instagram account later in the day expressed appreciation for the concern and encouragement that was 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. A procedure to open blocked arteries and restore normal blood flow to the heart is angioplasty. Before retirement, Kapil played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs and is the only player in history to take more than 400 wickets (434) and accumulate more than 5000 Test runs. In 2010, Kapil Dev was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Cricket Council.


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