ormer India captain and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack on Friday before undergoing angioplasty at a hospital in New Delhi. Kapil, 61, is stable after the successful procedure.
Wishes for speedy recovery poured in from the sporting fraternity with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Saina Nehwal posting messages to the cricket great on social media. Kapil Dev’s former India teammate Madan Lal said the former captain was taken to the hospital in time after he complained of uneasiness.
Kapil had complained of uneasiness last night, following which he was taken to Escorts hospital where he underwent some tests. Stents have been placed and he is fine as of now. Kapil is expected to return home in a couple of days. The doctors at the Delhi hospital have advised 3 weeks of rest for the legendary cricketer.
Kapil Dev will be home soon: Madan Lal
“Please join me in sending prayers, strength and good wishes to Kapil and Romi Dev for his speedy recovery. Kapil was taken to the hospital in time as he complained of uneasiness. As per the doctors, the procedure has been successful and he will be home soon,” Madan Lal said in a social media post.
Kapil Dev has actively been part of commentary gigs in the recent past. The cricket great has also been exploring golf and finding a lot of success at the sport, which has become his passion. As a senior amateur golfer, Kapil won the 60-64 individual age-category at AVT Champions Tour in Pune in September 2019.
Kapil Dev, one of the best if not the best all-rounder to have ever played the sport, led India to their first World Cup triumph in 1983. Leading a team that had a good mix of youngsters and experienced campaigners, Kapil gave the belief that India had the firepower to dominate the 50-over format, which was not considered seriously even by some of the biggest names in the lead up to the 1983 World Cup.
His knock of 175 in a crunch game against Zimbabwe, despite not broadcasted, remains one of the greatest ODI innings of all time as he walked in when the Asian giants were reeling at 5/17. Who can forget that running catch to dismiss Sir Vivian Richards in the historic final against the mighty West Indies?
Kapil Dev was instrumental in revolutionalising Indian cricket and his World Cup-winning team did inspire quite a few legends, including Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.
Coming from a small town in Haryana, Kapil Dev broke quite a few barriers and showed the way for hundreds like him who followed the path he had treated with more confidence.
Kapil Dev last played for India in October 1994. In a glorious career that spanned 16 years, Kapil took 687 international wickets and scored over 9000 runs in 356 matches. With an ability to strike the ball as cleanly as anyone else in the game,
Kapil was a dangerous batsman. His ability to swing the ball both ways at pace brought him success as a bowler. Years before the fitness revolution began in Indian cricket, Kapil Dev had set the benchmark by maintaining unprecedented fitness levels that helped him be the workhorse he was.
Following his retirement, Kapil Dev took on various roles and made sure he remained active in the cricket circle. Kapil served as India coach before the infamous match-fixing saga as the head of the Cricket Advisory Committee as recently as 2019.