Death on cricket field due to injury is nothing new. Jasper Vinall was the first cricketer known to have died as a result of an incident during a game. He was accidentally struck on the forehead with a cricket bat during a game at Horsted Keynes on 28 August 1624 and died thirteen days later. Since then a number of cricketers have succumbed to on-field injuries.
One of the most high-profile incidents took place in this decade only when former Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away in 2014 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. In the wake of the incident, the players have bean wearing more protective helmets to stay safe.
And a similar incident has taken place once again. In the unfortunate incident, a medical student died on Friday after being struck near one of his ears by a cricket ball during a practice session at a college play ground in Odisha’s Ganjam district. The police later confirmed the news.
The incident took place at MKCG Medical College play ground here, when he was practising cricket with his friends in the morning, according to the police.
The deceased has been identified as Biswabhusan Sahu, a second year MBBS student of Sahid Laxmana Nayak (SLN) Medical College in Koraput district. Sahu was batting when the cricket ball hit near one of his ears, police officer said. Though he was wearing a helmet, Sahu fell unconscious after being hit by the ball and his friends immediately rushed him to the hospital where he was declared brought dead, police said. The police, however, has registered a case of unnatural death and started investigation.