Cricket legend Kapil Dev suffers cardiac arrest

Legendary Indian cricketer and captain of the 1983 World Cup-winning side Kapil Dev suffered a cardiac arrest and has undergone angioplasty at a hospital in New Delhi, India.

Kapil, 61, who had been pretty active in the social circuit and on the golf course before the pandemic struck, is “stable now”, reports the Times of India.

“He’s feeling okay now. I just spoke to his wife (Romi). He was feeling uneasy yesterday (Thursday). He is undergoing check-ups at a hospital as we speak,” former Test player and Indian Cricketers Association president Ashok Malhotra told PTI.

“Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack. He was evaluated and an emergency coronary angioplasty was performed in the middle of night,” the Fortis Escorts Hospital in Okhla Road, New Delhi, said in an updated health bulletin after only mentioning chest pain in its initial statement.

“Currently, he’s admitted to 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.”

Later in the day, a short statement on his Instagram account expressed gratitude for the concern and support extended to his family.

“Thank you everyone for all the love and concern. I’m overwhelmed with the good wishes and well on the road to recovery,” the statement read.