A 160 Gram solid object, 299 mm in circumference, approaching at the speed of nearly 150 Km per hour right into your body can be simply be more than just dangerous. It can be fatal. However, this is a general condition for cricketers, which brings out the true meaning of daring sportsmen in them. They wear pads, guards, helmets enough to the point of free movement to run 22 Yards whenever they get the chance. This is cricket, one of the sports bagging the highest fan following. Seems, people really like excitement, despite of its dangers. Injuries in cricket are common, and once in every while players get injured. Facing strains and fractures is a day to day affair for cricketers. But, facing death is extreme, while, some of them has gone to that points in this sport.
Since, the first official cricket match there has been 11 fatal accidents in cricket history. Of them, five incidences involved the ball striking the player on sensitive parts like head or chest. Here is a brief info on these deaths.
George Summers, a Class A player for Nottinghamshire, England, died in June 19 1870 in the match against MCC. The game was played in Lords, where the batsman was hit by a short delivery from John Platts. With the injury, Summers was carried away from the pitch, but was not admitted to hospital as he seemed to recover. The player died after four days of the accident, most probably due to massive hemorrhage in his brain.
Abdul Aziz, the Pakistani Cricketer, was a wicket keeper cum batsman. In a domestic match dated 17 January, 1959, he was struck with a slow off break delivery on his chest. The bowler was Dildwar Awan. Aziz prepared himself for the next ball, but fell on the ground unconscious. The player never regained consciousness and died while on the way to hospital. The test match was between Quaid-a-Azam and Pakistan Combined service. The accident happened in the first inning.
Raman Lamba played four test and 32 ODIs as an Indian batsman. The player died in a coma that was inflicted due to hemorrhage. A cricket ball hit him while fielding in a match at Bangladesh's League cricket. He was one of the most popular players in Dhaka Premier League. He died on 23 February 1998 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The player was not wearing a helmet while fielding next to the keeper in the leg side. The whole world paid a tribute to the player on his death.
On 27 October 2013, the South African cricketer, Darryn Randall was hit with a ball during a domestic match. It was played in Alice, Eastern Cape. Randall was a wicket Keeper cum batsman for his team, Border. The most recent shock was on 27 November 2014 when Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes bid farewell to the mortal world. He was hit by a bouncer in the Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground. He suffered from hemorrhage in brain and was in coma while undergoing surgery. The doctors could not bring him back for his 26th birthday, which was just after three days.
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