Kapil sounded very positive, says Sethi

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Filed on October 24, 2020
Kapil Dev seen in a cheerful mood after his angioplasty. — Twitter

Sethi said that the all-time great would be discharged from the hospital in a day or two.

Kapil Dev, India’s first World Cup-winning captain and the greatest all-rounder the country’s has ever produced, is in good spirits and has been shifted from the ICU, his close friend Ajay Sethi revealed on Saturday.

Sethi, who has a 20-year association with Kapil, spoke to him over the phone and also added that the all-time great would be discharged from the hospital in a day or two.

"I spoke to him and he was in very good spirits," Sethi told the Khaleej Times.

He has been moved to the room and hopefully they will discharge him very soon, tomorrow or the day after, I think," he added.

The 61-year-old legend had undergone a successful angioplasty at the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute Hospital in New Delhi, India’s capital after suffering a heart attack.

Kapil, who won the World Cup in 1983, had complained of chest pain in the early hours of Friday and was immediately rushed to the hospital. An emergency coronary angioplasty was performed.

Sethi, who is the chairman of the UAE and Dubai-based Channel 2 Group, was relieved to hear Kapil’s voice on Saturday. He had left him a message earlier as he didn’t want to disturb him.

"I was quite relieved to hear his voice. And the voice seemed like Paaji’s voice. He was not down but very cheerful. I was quite surprised to hear the news (of the heart attack) and I didn’t expect it. He is very fit. But the body is like an ocean and you never know what can happen inside. But he’s mentally very strong. He went on time to the hospital," he said.

"I told him he’s a fighter, a superstar. These things are just minor. And he started laughing. He is very positive. His voice was so good and it almost seemed like nothing had happened. He asked me how the IPL was going and asked me if I went for the matches. I told him that I went to Sharjah yesterday and everyone was talking about him there," said Sethi.

Sethi also spoke about his special relationship with Kapil.

"He’s a very dear friend and we have travelled together to many countries. And he’s one of the finest men I know. He’s a very emotional person, very nice, a real friend who will stand by you. He’s one friend I can count on, all my life. He will stand by you anytime you need him," Sethi explained.

Kapil is an avid golfer who plays three to four times a week and Sethi revealed another thing that the legend said. "He said see you soon on the golf course," he said.

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