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Cricketer Rajesh Chauhan suffers cardiac arrest

Former India cricketer Rajesh Chauhan on Monday suffered a massive heart attack but doctors attending to him at a Bhilai hospital said he was stable

Bhilai (Chhattisgarh): Former cricketer Rajesh Chauhan, who was part of the famous spin trio along with Anil Kumble and Venkatapathy Raju in the 1990s, Monday suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was battling for life, a doctor said.

The condition of the 48-year-old former cricketer was said to be serious and a doctor termed the next one-two days crucial for his survival.

He suffered cardiac arrest around 6.30 a.m. at his residence in Bhilai in Durg district and was rushed to the Sector-9 Hospital of the Bhilai Steel Plant.

The 48-year-old cricketer was then shifted to Apollo BSR Hospital, where he was operated upon. He is said to be stable though still in ICU.

"He (Chauhan) suffered a massive stroke and is being kept in the ICU," Apollo BSR director A.P. Sawant said.

"He is quite stable after the Angioplasty was done as soon as he was brought here. He is under the safe hands of senior cardiologist Dr Dilip Ratnani," an Apollo doctor said.

Chauhan, who is famous for hitting a memorable six in the last over off Saqlain Mushtaq to help India beat Pakistan in Karachi in 1997, represented the country in 21 Tests and 35 one-day internationals between 1993-1998.

The veteran spinner also survived a horrific car crash in April 2007. He currently runs a business here and is also a PRO in Bhilai Steel Plant.

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