Kapil Dev, the veteran Indian cricketer, expressed heartfelt gratitude to his fans and well-wishers saying that he was overwhelmed and is grateful for all the wishes after being hospitalized due to heart issues on Friday.
Legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, who was instrumental in India’s first World Cup victory was admitted to a hospital after suffering heart attack expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support.
Kapil Dev Thanked Everyone For All The Love And Concern
The former Indian cricketer underwent an angioplasty earlier in the day after he complained of chest pain and was hospitalized in the early hours on 23rd October. He thanked everyone for the support and said he is on the road to recovery and is being monitored.
“Thank you everyone for all the love and concern. I am overwhelmed with the good wishes and well on the road to recovery,” Dev tweeted.
His 175 not out against minnows Zimbabwe in a group match in the 1983 World Cup is considered by many the best ODI innings of all-time. The century was his only ODI ton and came when India was struggling at 17/5 looking for an early exit from 1983 World Cup. It was under him that India won the 1983 World Cup, beating the odds against the mighty West Indies who had won the previous two editions in 1975 and 1979 in the final.
Kapil Dev Is Stable And Expected To Get Discharged: Hospital Fortis
Earlier in the day, the hospital where he was admitted in an emergency, Fortis Escorts in Okhla Road, issued a statement saying the former cricketer is currently in ICU and under close supervision.
“Former Indian Cricket captain Kapil Dev, age 62 years, came to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (Okhla Road) emergency department at 1:00 am on October 23 with a complaint of chest pain,” the hospital said in a statement.
“He was evaluated and an emergency coronary Angioplasty was performed by Dr Atul Mathur, Director of Cardiology Department, in the middle of the night. Currently, he is admitted in 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,” it added.
He has featured in 131 Tests and 225 ODIs for the Indian cricket team. In the longest format of the game, playing primarily as a bowling all-rounder he amassed 5248 runs and picked 434 wickets surpassing Richard Hadlee and was the then highest wicket-taker in Tests.
Under his leadership, India lifted the 1983 World Cup after defeating West Indies in the final which seemed unlikely after India won despite scoring 183 in 60 overs.