Former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur says Sourav Ganguly would be back soon to serve country and Bengal; may be release on Tuesday

Kolkata: Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur after visiting ailing Sourav Ganguly on Monday said the BCCI president would soon return to his office and serve Bengal as well as the country as the former skipper had seen many ups and downs in his playing career.

” I saw him ( Ganguly) smiling at me when I visited him,” Mr Thakur, also a former BCCI chief, told reporters at Woodlands hospital in south Kolkata.

“He is a great fighter and had seen many ups and down during his playing days and he would soon be in the Board of Control for Cricket India and serve the cricket board as well as Bengal,” Mr Thakur said

The nine-member medical team of the hospital on Monday held a virtual conference with cardiac specialists Ramakanta Panda and Devi Shetty regarding future medical help needed by Ganguly.

Dr Panda is also the physician of former prime minister Monmohan Singh. Mr Shetty and his team of doctors are expected to be in the city on Tuesday to advise the next course of medical assistance for Ganguly.

Hospital sources said Ganguly may be released after consultation with Dr Shetty on Tuesday and partial blockage for two more vessels to be repaired in future.

Earlier bulletin of the day said Sourav Ganguly, who had undergone an angioplasty last weekend, is doing well as a routine ECG on Sunday was satisfactory.

Meanwhile, Vice-President of India Venkaiya Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had telephonic talks
with the family members of Ganguly and enquired about the latest health position of the former Indian captain.

On Saturday the angioplasty was done for a vessel, which was totally blocked, and two more vessels were partial
blocked, an earlier medical bulletin had said.

He was suffering from triple vessel disease. Ganguly had an uneventful night after having rice, dal, vegetables
and castarad in the dinner last evening, the medics said.

Forty-eight-year-old Ganguly was now under the care of Dr Saroj dandal, Dr Soutik Panda, Dr Saptarshi Basu of a nine-member medical board.

” A check up echocardiography to be done today morning to assess his heart function’ and then the medical board members will meet and discuss further treatment plans with family members.

Former Aussi great Greg Chappel also wished a speedy recovery for Ganguly. BCCI secretary Jayant Shah is expected to visit the hospital to see his president.

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