Former India captain and one of the best all-rounders Kapil Dev saw a disturbing message from the cricket fraternity on Friday morning due to a heart attack. The 62-year-old underwent angioplasty at Fortis Escort Hospital in AMD, New Delhi.
In an official statement, the hospital confirmed that Dev was admitted to the hospital early Friday morning following a complaint of chest pain. The legendary cricketer is currently admitted to the ICU and is expected to be discharged in the next two days.(Read also: Former Team India captain Kapil Dev hospitalized after suffering a heart attack)
Known for his copy book bowling activity, Dev made his international debut in 1978 during the one-day international (ODI) against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Ayub National Stadium.
The Test debut of the former India captain came in the same month against similar opposition at Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Dev, who took 5,248 runs and took 434 wickets in 131 matches played in the longest format of the game for India, meanwhile scored 3,783 runs and took 253 wickets in 225 ODIs.
‘Haryana hurricane’ hit eight centuries and 27 fifties in Test cricket, taking 400 wickets. He also broke Richard Hadley’s Test record of 431 wickets.
Let’s look at some of God’s best moments:
# In 1979, Kapil Dev scored his first century in Test cricket during the fifth match of the series against the West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotel Stadium (now Arun Jaitley Stadium) in the national capital. He reached three points in 124 runs.
# Kapil Dev became the youngest player to reach 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in the longest format of the game in 1980. He reached the milestone at the age of 21 during the sixth Test against arch-rivals Pakistan in Kolkata.
# One of his most memorable moments came in 1983 when Dev revealed his best bowling figures in Test cricket. Dev showed the fastest bowling speed in the history of Test matches. He scored nine for 83 in the second innings of the third match of the West Indies tour of India. The stats of any Indian fast bowler are consistently excellent.
# That same year, Dev led India to lead his national team to the first International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup by 43 runs against the West Indies at Lord’s. During the final clash, Devan knocked off a dangerous Vivian Richards off Madan Lal’s delivery, which changed the match and changed the status of cricket in India.
# In 1981, Dev took five wickets for 28 runs to lead India to their first Test series victory against Australia Down Under in Melbourne. Despite the thigh injury, the legendary cricketer came up with an impressive performance with the ball.
# Kapil Dev became the first batsman to hit four sixes in a row in Test cricket in 1990. He achieved this feat during India’s first Test match against England at Lord’s. Graham Cooch scored 333 and 123 in two innings as India lost by 274 runs to England, but Dev (77 *) continues to hit four consecutive highs off Eddie Hemings’ balls.
In 1994, Dev was auctioned as the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.