West Indies debutant Jeremy Solozano was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital for scans after he was struck on the helmet by a shot from Sri Lanka‘s Dimuth Karunaratne in the ongoing Galle Test.
The incident happened on the fourth ball of the 24th over, when Karunaratne rocked back and pulled a short delivery from off-spinner Roston Chase.
Jeremy Solozano was fielding at the short leg position and didn’t have any time to react to the powerful shot and was hit on the front of the helmet near the forehead, with the rear part of the helmet coming off on impact.
He lay still on the ground for several minutes after sustaining the blow. Thankfully, he appeared conscious as he got medical attention as players of both teams surrounded him. The 26-year-old was also seen talking briefly before his forehead was covered with a towel, to protect the head from the heat in Galle.
Phil Simmons, the head coach who had handed the debut Test cap to Jeremy Solozano, came down the dressing room stairs and stood near the boundary rope before the player was stretchered off the field and into the ambulance near the boundary.
Jeremy Solozano, born in Trinidad, has played 40 first-class games in which he averages 23.41 and has stroked a couple of centuries.
Watch: Jeremy Solozano struck on the head by a pull from Dimuth Karunaratne
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Sri Lanka were on top of the game with a century opening stand between skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka. However, the 139-run stand was broken by Shannon Gabriel, who dismissed Nissanka for 56.
Roston Chase stormed West Indies back in the game with twin strikes of Oshada Fernando and Angelo Mathews. At the other end, Karunaratne raised his 13th Test hundred, a hard-fought one under the heat of Galle and against a potent West Indies bowling attack.