Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has denied reports that he suffered a heart attack, saying that his cardiac issues were detected during a health check-up that he underwent due to an upset stomach.
The 51-year-old said that he was overwhelmed to see the outpouring of support from people but asserted that he didn't suffer a heart attack.
"I saw reports saying I had suffered a heart attack. I did not. I went to my doctor for a routine check-up, who said they wanted to conduct an angiography. During angiography, they noted an artery of mine was blocked, so they inserted stents to alleviate that problem," he said on his YouTube channel.
"It was successful and easy, and I came back home after just 12 hours at the hospital. I feel fine."
Inzamam said he had gone to hospital owing to an "upset stomach".
"I went to the doctor because I felt a very slight bit of discomfort. It wasn't even close to the heart area, but the stomach. Had I delayed getting it checked out, doctors said the heart could have been damaged," he said.
"I want to thank everyone in Pakistan and around the world for praying for my health. I want to thank the Pakistan people, and cricketers from Pakistan and around the world who sent their good wishes."
The former right-handed batter is Pakistan’s highest and third-highest run-getter in ODIs and Tests respectively. Inzamam amassed 11739 runs in 378 ODIs at an average of 39.52.
In Tests, he scored 8830 runs in 120 games at a stunning average of 49.60. Overall, Inzamam slammed 35 centuries and 129 fifties in his international career.
Having retired from the game in 2007, Inzamam has worked as a batting consultant for Pakistan and was also their chief selector from 2016 to 2019. He was also the head coach of Afghanistan.
(With inputs from PTI)