17-Year Old Budding Cricketer Dies After Being Struck By Bouncer
In an unfortunate incident, a teenage cricketer lost his life after being hit by a bouncer while playing a match in south Kashmir. The deceased budding cricketer is identified as Jehangir Ahmad War. According to Indian Express, he was 17-years old. The teenager was struck between the neck and the head when he tried to hook the bouncer.
The impact of the blow immediately made him fall to the ground. And although he was rushed to the hospital soon, he was declared dead on arrival. Jehangir Ahmad War was a left-handed batsman. He was representing the Baramulla cricket team. A class XI student, he was a resident of the north Kashmir village of Goshbugh in Pattan.
The fatal incident took place when Baramulla were playing against Budgam in a cricket tournament organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s Youth Services and Sports department. It was being played at Nanil village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
“It is a tragic incident. He was wearing all the protective gear including the helmet with temples,” Director General Youth Services and Sports Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman said. “It happened in a fraction of second. He tried to hook the ball but missed.”
“It is very unfortunate. He was like my son. We called the district hospital in Anantnag and kept everything available there. But he couldn’t even make it to the hospital.” he added.
Death on cricket field due to injury is not something new. In 2014, former Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes had also succumbed to his injuries after a bouncer from Sean Abbott had hit him on the back of his death. Hughes’ death had compelled the cricketing body to ask for more protection in cricket helmets.