Brian Lara has been discharged from hospital after complaining of chest pain. (Image credit: Cricket West Indies Twitter)
Brian Lara, the former West Indies great, was discharged from Mumbai’s Global Hospital in Parel after he was admitted on Tuesday after complaints of chest pain. Lara was discharged from Global Hospital around 12:15 PM on Wednesday after an angiography was performed in which nothing was revealed. Lara had said that he would be back in his hotel room and many of his fans would be hoping that he is back for commentary duties in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Lara is currently in Mumbai for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where he is seen doing commentary and analysis for some of the games.
The cricket fraternity heaved a sigh of relief only after Lara spoke in an audio message posted by Cricket West Indies (CWI). “I know everyone is very concerned about what is happening. I may have just extended myself in the gym this morning. I was getting a pain in my chest and I just thought that it was best to see a doctor. I was taken to the hospital, the pain continued obviously and a lot of tests were done,” said Lara.
The batting great may have been a tad unwell but his wits were intact even while lying on a hospital bed. “I am just chilling in my hospital bed, watching England versus Australia...not a big fan of England, hopefully, Australia can restrict England... I am going to be alright. My phone is going non-stop so I am going to switch it off. Not that I would like to switch it off because I would like to speak to my family.”
He added in the audio message, “Just letting everyone know that I am fine, recovering and I will be back in my hotel room tomorrow. A couple of the tests came back already. Doctors were happy that there is nothing major. Thanks again for your concern.”
Before Lara spoke, a source close to the former West Indies captain had said there was nothing to worry about. “He had an angioplasty (a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart) done two years back and today was a regular check-up as there is always a fear of heart pain. He is fine now and will be discharged soon,” the source had told PTI.
Besides his countless fans, Cricket West Indies (CWI) wished him a speedy recovery. “Our prayers and well wishes go out to former West Indies batsman and captain @BrianLara who has been hospitalized in Mumbai due to chest pains. On behalf of all of us at Cricket West Indies, we wish you a speedy recovery,” tweeted CWI.
The legendary left-handed batsman is the first and only player to have registered 400 runs in a Test inning, playing the incredible unbeaten knock against England in 2004 in Antigua. He also holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994.