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Former Indian Test cricketer Karsan Ghavri suffers heart attack

Ghavri is in a stable condition at present but has been kept under observation.

Karsan Ghavri
Ghavri played for India in the 1975 and 1979 World Cups (Image Credit: The Hindu)

Former Indian left-arm seamer Karsan Ghavri reportedly suffered a mild heart attack on Sunday morning and had to be rushed to a private hospital in Shimoga. Ghavri had been complaining of chest pain and an angioplasty was done on him at the hospital. The 65-year old, who has played 39 Tests for India, is in a stable condition but has been kept under observation for a while.

"Yes, Mr. Ghavri suffered a heart attack earlier this morning. He was rushed to a local hospital. He has undergone angioplasty today and the doctors said that his condition is stable," said Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Dr. P.V. Shetty in a statement.

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A left-arm pacer by trade, Karsan Ghavri had a 6-year long Test career which saw him pick up 109 wickets including four 5-wicket hauls. He also used to be a pretty handy batsman and scored close to 1000 runs at an average of over 20.

Ghavri's had a highly successful first-class career as he ended up getting a tally of 452 wickets in 159 matches and also scored 4500 runs at an average of nearly 30. He also represented India in 19 ODIs between 1975 and 1981. He was a part of India’s World Cup squads in 1975 and 1979 as well. 

The left-arm pacer was also associated with the now defunct ICL tournament as a coach alongside other former cricketers like Sandeep Patil and Balwinder Singh Sandhu. 

At present, Karsan Ghavri is serving as the coach of the West Zone Under-19 team, which is taking part in the NCA Zonal Under-19 tournament. Prior to this, he has also been the coach of Bengal Ranji team more than a decade ago.

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