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    The year 2020 started by shocking India's lustrous film industry, Bollywood. A string of deaths of Bollywood stars including Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, and Sushant Singh Rajput, followed by the demises of more artists like Saroj Khan, left Indians heartbroken.

    Kapil Dev, a World Cup-winning former Indian skipper, suffered a heart attack on Friday and was quickly taken to a private hospital in Delhi’s Okhla area where an angioplasty was performed on him, the media reported on Friday.

    While further details of his health condition remain awaited, cricket fans broke Twitter with wishes and prayers for the 61-year-old cricket legend - under whom India won its first-ever World Cup tournament in 1983 in a memorable match against England.

    ​Other Indian cricketers, including Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman, also posted prayers for Dev's speedy recovery. 

    The news has shocked cricket fanatics in India - a country where cricket is more than a game and is seen as a religion by many.

    An all-rounder on the cricket field and someone who has been termed as one of the world’s most iconic batsmen, Kapil made his debut as an Indian cricketer against Pakistan in 1978.

    The sports star went on to represent India in 131 Tests, scoring a total of 5,248 runs, while also racking up 434 wickets. Furthermore, Kapil represented India in 225 One Day International matches, scoring 3,783 runs and picking up 253 wickets. 

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