India’s 1983-World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev suffered a health scare on Friday and had to be rushed to a hospital in New Delhi. Kapil Dev underwent an angioplasty on Friday after complaining of chest pain and is expected to be discharged in the next couple of days, said the hospital where he is admitted.
After the news broke out, several key members of the cricketing fraternity took to social media to wish a speedy recovery to the Indian legend. India captain Virat Kohli on Friday tweeted: “Praying for your speedy recovery. Get well soon paaji. @therealkapildev,” Kohli tweeted.
Apart from Sachin and Kohli, several other former India cricketing stars including Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter to wish Kapil Dev a speedy recovery. “My prayers are with you. hope you get well soon #Kapildev paji,” Irfan Pathan wrote. Suresh Raina tweeted: “Wishing you a speedy recovery @therealkapildev Sir .. Take care & God Bless.”
“Wishing @therealkapildev good health & a speedy recovery. Take care sir!,” wrote cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir wrote.
Expressing similar sentiments, Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: “Take care @therealkapildev! Praying for your quick recovery. Get well soon Paaji.”
The hospital head earlier released a statement in which they had said that the former India captain is expected to be discharged within two days. “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.
‘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,” the hospital said in a statement.
Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) President Ashok Malhotra, a friend of Kapil, earlier told PTI that the iconic cricketer is doing fine.
“He is feeling okay now. I just spoke to his wife (Romi). He was feeling uneasy yesterday. He is undergoing check-ups at a hospital as we speak,” Malhotra, also a former Test player, said.
(With ANI, PTI inputs)