World Cup winning Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev underwent an angioplasty on Friday morning at Fortis hospital Delhi after he suffered a minor heart attack. The hospital told that he is in ICU under the supervision of Dr. Atul Mathur. Kapil Dev is stable now and is expected to get discharged in couple of days.
With the news coming to light several cricketing personalities, including Indian skipper Virat Kohli, badminton star Saina Nehwal, former India opener Gautam Gambhir and well-renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle wished him a speedy recovery. Indian Commentator Aakash Chopra urged his followers to pray for the quick recovery of Kapil Dev who inspired an entire generation of young cricketers to take up the sport. He tweeted let’s send a billion wishes and prayers for Paaji.
Kapil Dev was one of the leading all rounder in world cricket that has the most Test wickets until it was broken by West Indian Courtney Walsh. For India, he played 131 Tests, picking up 434 wickets and scoring 5248 runs while he played 225 ODIs, picking 253 wickets and scoring 3783 runs for India.
Kapil Dev is also known as Haryana Hurricane. His knock of 175 not out against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup is still hailed by many as one of the best ODI innings ever. In his brave captaincy, India defeated the mighty West Indies in the 1983 World Cup final in Lord’s as India won their first-ever World Cup trophy.
The World Cup-winning captain is very active in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2020 for his outstanding style of commentary. The former Indian skipper was also dealing with diabetes related health issues. Kapil has three autobiographies Cricket My Style, Straight from the Heart and By God’s Decree. He is still in the public eye for his role as a cricket commentator and as a philanthropist.
After the retirement, Kapil had appointed as the coach of Indian cricket team for a short period of time. He was named as the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, ahead of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.