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Sri Lanka cricket great Muralitharan undergoes angioplasty

Sri Lanka cricket great Muralitharan undergoes angioplasty

FILE PHOTO: Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan looks on during an interview with media at Singapore Cricket Club October 13, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Chong

CHENNAI, India: Muttiah Muralitharan has undergone a scheduled angioplasty at a hospital in Chennai and has responded well to the procedure, a spokesman for the former Sri Lanka spinner's Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad said on Monday (Apr 19).

Angioplasty is a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart.

The 49-year-old, who is part of Hyderabad's coaching staff for the tournament, said he would shortly rejoin the team in Chennai after quarantining as per IPL protocols, he added.

Muralitharan is the leading wicket-taker in international cricket with 1,347 victims, including 800 in tests. He played for Sri Lanka in 133 tests, 350 ODIs and 12 Twenty20 Internationals.

"Wishing Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who was recently hospitalised for cardiac treatment, a speedy recovery," cricket's governing body ICC said in a tweet.

Source: Reuters/ac

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