Legendary allrounder Kapil Dev underwent an emergency angioplasty in a New Delhi Hospital earlier on Friday after complaining of chest pain. Currently in ICU, his condition is stable and an official statement from the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute where the operation was performed says he will be discharged in a couple of days.

Under Kapil’s captaincy, India defeated the mighty West Indies in the 1983 World Cup final to lift their maiden trophy, a development that revolutionised the sport in the country.

Several former and current cricketers expressed their shock at the news and wished Kapil a speedy recovery.



He is the only player in cricket history to claim over 400 wickets and accumulated over 5000 runs in Tests. He was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame in 2010.