Vinod Kambli, the 41-year-old former Indian cricketer and batsman, has suffered a heart attack on Friday. He has been admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai and his condition is reported to be stable.
Kambli was taken ill near the Somaiya Grounds on Eastern Express Highway near Sion, Mumbai, when he was driving from Chembur to his residence in Bandra. Later in the evening, his wife Andrea said he was stable and recovering well.
"He experienced chest pain in the morning, after which he was taken to the hospital. He's stable and recovering well," she said in a statement.
Matunga Traffic Division's policewoman Sujata Patil, who was on a round, saw that Kambli had suddenly stopped his white Mitsubishi Pajero.
"When I reached there, he said he was feeling uneasy and had pain in the chest. He was crying and could not drive. I immediately alerted traffic control to clear the roads and arranged for a private driver for him to be rushed to Lilavati Hospital in his car," Patil told IANS.
Kambli, who had last played for India in 2000, is no stranger to coronary problems. In 2012, he had undergone angioplasty for two blocked arteries at the same hospital.
"He had been complaining of chest pain very often. So we took him to hospital and the surgery was done," Kambli's wife Andrea had said back then.
Vinod kambli cricketer hospitalized in lilavati bcas of series of heartattack pic.twitter.com/p8FkKxseF5— Vivek Pandit (@vivekvpandit) November 29, 2013
The left-handed batsman played 17 Tests and 104 ODIs for India. He retired from international cricket in 2009, and from First Class cricket in 2011. Though he was finished playing the game much before those dates, Kambli managed to remain in the news for unsavoury reasons.
His participation in reality television shows and news programs has seen him make controversial comments. In 2011, he said the India-Sri Lanka World Cup semifinal in 1996 should be probed for match-fixing. His theory was rubbished by other members of that Indian team.
Recently, he claimed being upset after being left out of Sachin Tendulkar's farewell celebrations. That should not come as a surprise to those who've noticed the string of Kambli's adverse public statements about Tendulkar.
"Tendulkar not mentioning me in his farewell speech or not giving me an invitation though I've been a part of his life since he was 10 years old. Yes, I won't deny the fact that it did hurt me a lot because he forgot to mention that. The world record partnership was a turning point of our career, without each other's contribution, I wouldn't be who I am, and he wouldn't be our great legend," Kambli had told Indian Express.
Kambli has also been under fire from his neighbours. In October, he alleged racism after being called a 'bully' by a foreigner over a parking dispute in their residential building in Badra.
Kambli, who lives in a cooperative housing society started by other former Mumbai cricketers, is said to owe the society Rs.10 lakh in dues that he refuses to pay and is considered to be a nuisance to other inhabitants.
Mumbai Mirror quoted former international Samir Dighe as saying, "He (Kambli) hurls abuses at security guards and speaks rudely to elderly people in the building. We have played together for about 15 years, it's very unfortunate that it's come down to this."
Another former India cricketer, Ramesh Powar, held that Kambli often parries the attempts of the society to help him sort out his problems.
"He doesn't acknowledge anyone's help and instead creates trouble by misbehaving with guards and drivers. Currently, he is occupying my parking space and I am unable to do anything about it since his phone is always unreachable. It is quite disappointing."
SRT saying t20 is adding excitement to test cricket, rubbish, it's spoiling test cricket, the akward shots n technique used is gully cricket— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli1972) August 19, 2013