(representatinal image) Rajesh Chauhan was once part of the Indian team.Reuters

Former Indian off-break bowler Rajesh Chauhan has been hospitalised after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday.

The 47-year-old underwent surgery in his hometown Bhilai and is currently understood to be stable.

Chauhan suffered the attack at his Bhilai residence on Monday evening and was rushed to the Bhilai Steel Plant Hospital. He was then shifted to Apollo BSR hospital, where he underwent surgery, reported ESPNCricinfo

Chauhan is employed by Bhilai Steel Plant. The next few days are said to be crucial for him, stated a doctor, according to

"He suffered a massive stroke and is kept being in the ICU", the report quoted Apollo BSR director AP Sawant. "He went through several scans and tests since he was brought in a critical condition, the next one-two days are very critical for him."

Chauhan had formed a spin trio with Anil Kumble and Venkatapathy Raju in the 1990s. The Madhya Pradesh player turned out for the Indian team in 21 Tests and 35 One Day Internationals between 1993 and 1998.

He scalped 47 Test wickets, with a best of 4 for 48, and 29 ODI wickets, with best figures of 3 for 29. He took part in domestic cricket from 1988 to 2001. After quitting the game, he moved into coaching and was involved in the now non-existent Indian Cricket League (ICL) as the assistant coach of Mumbai Champs.

Chauhan had once clouted a six of Saqlain Musthaq in the last over to win a game for India against Pakistan at Karachi in 1997.