An Indian cricketer passed away on the spot after a ferocious shot struck him on the head during a regional match in India as reported by The Daily Mail. A spectator filmed a footage that showcased the tragedy unfolding on the pitch in the Raj Nagar Extension in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on the 8th of April. Nevertheless, his death is not the first on-field tragedy.
After the fast bowler ran in for the delivery, the batsman connected the ball well enough, hitting it straight back towards the bowler. The shot turned out to be too fast and fierce to force an evasive action from the bowler. Instead, he copped a blow on the head and he fell straight to the ground. The players rushed to his aid; unfortunately, he died on the spot.
As earlier mentioned, the Indian bowler’s death is not the first on-field casualty as Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was killed when struck by the red ball on the neck back in 2014. Hughes, aged 25 at that time, copped a bouncer on the head from Sean Abbott while batting in a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia. While Hughes got admitted to the hospital immediately, he later died in the hospital due to extensive injuries.
Since then, close-fielders and wicketkeepers standing close to the stumps have been advised to wear protective gear for every crucial body part. However, it does not apply to the slip fielders. Players and coaching staff are advised to wear helmets too when practising in the nets against pacers or bowling machines. Furthermore, defibrillators should also be made available at all first-class fixtures in case medical staff need to deal with cardiac incidents.
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