Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president and former Indian captain, stabilized after 'mild' cardiac arrest

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president and former Indian captain, stabilized after 'mild' cardiac arrest

Former India cricket captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was admitted to Woodlands Hospital in Kolkata on Saturday after he complained of chest pain, is currently undergoing treatment and is said to be in a stable condition.

Ganguly was rushed to the Woodlands hospital in Kolkata after falling ill this morning while working out in the gym at his residence.

“He is stable. Angioplasty would be done. We are examining him. He is conscious,” said Dr Saroj Mondal, cardiologist at Woodlands Multispeciality Hospital where Ganguly is being treated. Ganguly’s treatment would be supervised by a panel of three doctors. 

News reporter confirmed that Ganguly will be discharged on Saturday itself after getting an angioplasty done. His condition is said to be stable and all tests are being conducted on him.

Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and one of India’s finest captains, was working out at the gym at home on Saturday when he felt unwell. A person close to his family said he felt dizzy and pain in his back following which he was taken to the hospital. “It was there they found out that he had suffered a heart attack,” the person said, requesting anonymity. 

"He felt dizzy when he was in the gym and he went to Woodlands to get the Tests done. That’s when it came to light that there was a cardiac issue and the hospital has now created a 3 member board with Dr. Saroj Mondal who will perform the procedure. @SGanguly99 get well soon," Boria tweeted.

Ganguly, 48, has been BCCI president since October 2019. His older brother Snehasish, a first-class cricketer and now an administrator at the Cricket Association of Bengal, had tested positive for Covid-19 last year and had to be admitted to hospital. 

The cricketing fraternity was quick to respond to the news of Ganguly's hospitalisation and tweets started pouring in, wishing for his speedy recovery.

“Sourav Ganguly is stable. Senior doctors are looking after him. We will let you know once we get further updates,” said Snehasish on Saturday. 

Ganguly was recently in New Delhi for the inauguration of the late Arun Jaitley's statue at the Delhi cricket stadium, formerly known as the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, on the 68th birth anniversary of the former finance minister and the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association chief.

“Sourav Ganguly is stable haemodynamically. He has received loading doses of dual anti platelets and statin and is undergoing primary angioplasty now,” Dr Rupali Basu, MD & CEO, Woodlands Hospital was quoted as saying by news agency.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee wished the Indian cricket stalwart a speedy recovery and had also said in a tweet that he had suffered a ‘mild cardiac arrest’. 

BCCI secretary and Ganguly’s close aid in the cricket board, Jay Shah, tweeted that Ganguly is responding well to treatment.

“I wish and pray for the speedy recovery of @SGanguly99. I’ve spoken to his family. Dada is stable and is responding well to the treatment,” Shah tweeted.

Ganguly’s tenure as BCCI president was for nine months but he and Board secretary Jay Shah have continued nonetheless as the Supreme Court has still not ruled on the BCCI’s plea seeking amendments to its new constitution, which put a cap on the age and tenure of office-bearers as recommended by the Lodha Committee.

Before that he was in Ahmedabad to attend the BCCI's annual general meeting which was held on December 24. He had chaired the meet in which a host of key announcements were made.

He returned to Kolkata just before the new year and even visited the Eden Gardens stadium to oversee preparations for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Avishek Dalmiya.

Ganguly had earlier held positions in the Cricket Association of Bengal. The former India captain began as joint secretary at the CAB in 2014.

The BCCI president had on Wednesday visited Eden Gardens and discussed preparations for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Avishek Dalmiya.

Earlier this week, Ganguly had also cleared the air about him joining politics ahead of West Bengal Assembly polls next year. He had stated that he went to meet the state’s Governor upon invitation.

“If the Governor wants to meet you, you have to meet him. So let us keep it like that,” said Ganguly.