The famous ex-cricketer and versatile Indian personality Navjot Singh Sidhu was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi, for treatment of an intense profound vein thrombosis.
"Navjot Singh Sidhu was admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital with intense profound vein thrombosis. This is an existence undermining condition if not treated on time. He has been put on blood thinners and has been recouping great. His condition is said to be steady starting now" the doctor's facility said.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, a former Indian cricketer famous for his prolific Sixer heating ability and even earned the nickname of "Sixer Sidhu" and "Jonty Singh" with respect to his improved fielding in his late career, especially on the advice of his son. South African player Jonty Rhodes was the best fielder in Sidhu’s time.
After retirement from cricket in December 1999, Siddhu took to television commentary, where he became highly popular with his famous “Siddhu-vani” or Sidhuisms and his one-liners and metaphors were well followed. However, he was later banned by the ICC from commentating in Bangladesh's games, due to racial comments thrown indirectly towards the Bangladesh team.
Navjot Singh Sidhu took to politics, becoming the Member of Parliament from Amritsar, Punjab. He is considered as a star-campaigner for the ruling Indian political party, the BJP. He is currently featuring in a popular comedy TV show, ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’, as a permanent invitee. He was also convicted in 2006 of homicide in a 1988 road rage incident.
The versatile personality also acted in several Hindi and Punjabi movies such as ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ and Mera Pind, where he successfully played the role of a NRI Navroz Singh Lamba. In 2007, he judged a popular show Laughter Challenge; he was a contestant in a popular Indian reality show Bigg Boss 6 in 2013.
Interestingly, one of the guests who visited Siddhu in hospital was the former Indian cricket team captain, Mohammad Azharuddin. During India's tour of England in 1996, Sidhu walked out of the tour citing differences with skipper Azharuddin. Sidhu promptly took to social media to express his happiness that Azharuddin visited him writing "Old Gold, Old Wine, Old Friends - Still the Best!"
Sidhu in his characteristic style later tweeted on his health saying, "Down yet Not Out! Life debilitating infection With God’s Grace will recoup. Life is fragile, handle with Prayer".