Indian cricket legend Sourav Ganguly was rushed to hospital Saturday after complaining of chest pains, the chief minister in his home state said.
The 48-year-old, who now heads the country’s cricket board the Board of Control for Cricket in India, “suffered a mild cardiac arrest and has been admitted to hospital”, tweeted Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal.
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Ganguly “suffered a blackout” while exercising at his personal gym in the morning and was immediately taken to Woodlands hospital in state capital Kolkata, according to a senior doctor there.
“A multidisciplinary board of doctors is looking into his case to find out what caused the illness,” the doctor told AFP, on condition of anonymity.
“His condition is stable now.”
Sourav Ganguly is the BCCI president.Source:AFP
According to reports, Ganguly would need an angioplasty.
Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said he had spoken to Ganguly’s family, and he was “stable and is responding well to the treatment”.
In 2019, Ganguly was unanimously elected president of the BCCI, the sport’s most powerful body.
After a successful playing career during which he captained his country, Ganguly was instrumental in organising the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates last year.
The left-handed opener retired from Test cricket in 2008 having accumulated 7,212 runs including 16 centuries — his first made at Lord’s on his debut.
He also scored 11,363 runs in 311 one-day internationals.
Ganguly – popularly referred to as Dada, which means “elder brother” in Bengali – enjoys massive popularity in the cricket-crazy nation and the news of his hospitalisation was the top trending news on Twitter.
Ganguly in action during his career.Source:News Limited
Ajinkya Rahane, who is currently the national side’s stand-in captain, tweeted: “Wishing you a speedy recovery Dada, @SGanguly99. Praying that you get well soon” while many other current and former players were quick to send their best.
Praying for your speedy recovery. Get well soon 🙏 @SGanguly99
Wishing speedy recovery to @SGanguly99. My thoughts are with his family and fans at this hour. Hope to see him back soon
Wishing you a speedy recovery, get well soon dada @SGanguly99
Praying for your speedy recovery @SGanguly99 🙏
You are a strong individual Dada 👊@SGanguly99 Sending prayers for a speedy recovery #GetWellSoonDada
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