Australian cricket legend and Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Friday after he suffered a heart attack while making the comments. On the third day of the first Test between Australia and West Indies in Perth, Ponting was doing commentary for Channel 7. He was taken to hospital at lunchtime, The Daily Telegraph reported.
According to the report, Ponting’s colleagues said he was fine, but he went to the hospital as a precaution after feeling unwell.
“Ricky Ponting is unwell and will not be providing commentary for the remainder of today’s coverage,” a spokesperson for broadcaster Channel 7 said in a statement to Australian media.
Ponting appeared uncomfortable on live TV before leaving the show during lunch and did not return.
Ponting has played 168 Tests for Australia, scoring 13.378 runs at an average of 51.85 with 41 tons and 62 fifties.
He scored 13,704 runs in 375 ODIs at an average of 42.03, including 30 centuries and 82 fifties.
He was a member of the Australian team that won three consecutive 50-over World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007, and captained the team in the latter two tournaments.