Former cricket captain Kapil Dev undergoes surgery after cardiac arrest

Kapil Dev is reportedly stable after an angioplasty procedure, conducted post a suspected heart attack.

By Rahul Venkat

Legendary former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev underwent an angioplasty surgery at a hospital in New Delhi on Friday after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Dev is reportedly stable and could be home soon, his ex-India teammate Madan Lal wrote on Twitter.

Many sportspersons sent their best wishes to Kapil Dev and hoped for his speedy recovery.

The 61-year-old Kapil Dev, one of the world’s finest all-rounders in his prime, is widely credited with putting India on the global cricket map. He had captained an unfancied team to Cricket World Cup glory in 1983.

Making his debut for the Indian cricket team in 1978, Kapil Dev played 131 Tests and 225 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). He scored 5,248 runs and picked 434 wickets in Tests, holding the record of India’s highest wicket-taker for several years before being overtaken by spinner Anil Kumble.

One of Kapil Dev’s most notable innings is his unbeaten 175 in a group game against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup. The innings, of which there is famously no video footage of, is touted by many to be the game-changer for the Indian cricket team as it had rescued them from a precarious position of 17/5 and gave them confidence.

The story of that winning World Cup campaign is being chronicled in the upcoming Bollywood film ‘83’, with Kapil Dev closely involved in the developmental stages. Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh will portray Kapil Dev in the movie.

Post his retirement in 1994, Kapil Dev went on to don many hats – mainly as coach and commentator and is noted for his stints in Hindi commentary.

Recently, Kapil Dev, nicknamed the ‘Haryana Hurricane’, had also taken up golf as a passion and won an amateur tournament in Pune last year.

The legendary former captain also played a charity golf match, along with ex-India cricketer Murali Kartik and Indian golfers Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shubhankar Sharma, to raise funds for COVID-19 relief work.