Catastrophe struck Indian cricket on Monday as a 20-year-old player died after a freakish on-field collision with a teammate during a club match in Kolkata.
The tragedy took place four month after Australian cricketer Philip Hughes died in the wake of a bouncer hit on his head during batting. Ankit Keshri was a former captain for Bengal’s under-19 team, struggled for three days after the incident took place and finally passed away at a Kolkata hospital.
“It’s so unfortunate. He was such a promising cricketer and for him to pass away in such a manner is difficult to swallow,” Subir Ganguly, the joint secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), told Reuters.
Keshri, a right-handed batsman and leg-spinner, came on a substitute fielder for his club and collided with another team player during attempting a high catch.
Soon after being struck, he lost consciousness however, was resuscitated by a teammate, following which, he was rushed to hospital.
As said by the doctors, Keshri’s condition was secure by the suffered a cardiac arrest around midnight on Sunday and passed away early on Monday morning, said the officials of the CAB.
Although it is not the first time that any player died after being during field, but it is a rare incident of its kind which claimed a life.
Shah Rukh Khan Tweet:
Too young to go…extremely unfortunate & sad. Condolences & prayers for Ankit Keshri & his family. May Allah bless his soul. R.I.P.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 20, 2015