The Cricket fraternity was left stunned when the news of Chris Cairns battling a life-threatening condition came to light. The all-rounder had suffered an aortic dissection in his heart and was put on life support. However, in a recent development, Cairns has been taken off the ventilator after showing signs of improvement post emergency surgery. The 51-year-old is recovering at a hospital in Sydney.
“I’m pleased to advise that Chris is off life support and has been able to communicate with his family from hospital in Sydney,” Aaron Lloyd said in a statement.
“He and his family are thankful for all of the support and well wishes from everyone, and for the privacy they have been afforded. They request that this continues as they focus on his recovery moving forward.”
Cairns was one of the best all-rounders to have graced the cricket field. He would change the complexion of the game by hitting lusty blows at the end of the innings. He was equally good with the ball in hand as well.
Cairns represented New Zealand in 62 Tests, picking up 218 wickets and scoring 3320 runs. In the ODIs, he finished with 4950 runs and ended up with 201 wickets for New Zealand from 1989 to 2006.
Cairns’ image was tarnished after being alleged of fixing in 2008 IPL. He fought many legal battles and even won a defamation case against IPL founder Lalit Modi. In 2015, he again got into a controversy when fellow cricketers Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum accused him of match-fixing. However, he was cleared of the charges. Fighting corruption allegations took a toll on Cairns life and he had to take up a job with the Auckland Council to drive trucks and clean bus shelters to pay the legal bills.