Cricket legend Kapil Dev India’s greatest allrounder and the 1983 World Cup winning captain, has successfully undergone an angioplasty.
Kapil Dev, who is 61 years old, is understood to be in a stable condition following the procedure, which took place on Thursday evening.
According to Sportstak, who spoke to Dev’s wife Romi, the former India captain had complained of uneasiness on Thursday. At the recommendation of the family doctor Dev went to hospital where it was determined he had a blocked artery in the heart.
An angioplasty is a medical procedure that widens blocked or narrowed coronary arteries – the main blood vessels supplying the heart.
In a statement issued on Friday, Fortis Escorts, the hospital where he underwent the Open Heart surgery, said Dev is in the ICU but “stable”. The statement said Dev arrived at Fortis at 1 am on Friday complaining of chest pain.
“He was evaluated and an emergency coronary Angioplasty was performed by Dr. Atul Mathur, Director of Cardiology Department, in the middle of night,” the statement said. “Currently, he is admitted in ICU and under close supervision of Dr. Atul Mathur and his team. Mr. Kapil Dev is stable now and he is expected to get discharged in couple of days.”
Many cricketers and prominent personalities, including socialist leader and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wished him a speedy recovery on Twitter.
Later in the day, legendary swing bowler expressed his gratitude for the concern shown in an Instagram story from his account. “Thank you everyone for all the love and concern. I am overwhelmed with the good wishes and well on the road to recovery,.”