RIP Phillip Hughes. Those are the saddest words ever written in the history of Cricket. Australian Test batsman Hughes died after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.
As the world tries to come to terms with the tragedy, CashKaro recount 10 such fatal and near-fatal incidents on the Cricket field.
1. Raman Lamba, India
Raman Lamba, former Indian opener died after being struck by the ball on the head while fielding. Playing for his club Abahani in Bangladesh Premier League, the 38 year old Delhi batsman was declared brain dead three days after a brain surgery.
2. Mark Boucher, South Africa
A near-fatal accident ended the career of South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher, during the tour of England. Mark Boucher did not put on his helmet when Tahir dismissed one of the batsmen and the ball hit Boucher’s left eye. His retina was damaged, which ended his promising career of 15 years in the game of Cricket.
3. Nari Contractor, India
The former Indian Captain during the 1960′s, Nari Contractor was hit on his head by one of the deliveries from Charlie Griffith. The injury was almost life threatening as it left him unconscious for about six days. His life was saved by blood transfusion technology, but it ended his international cricketing career.
4.Keegan Meth, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe bowler Keegan Meth couldn’t find enough time to react as Bangladeshi batsman Nasir Hossain, sent the ball straight back at him.
5. Steve Waugh & Jason Gillespie , Australia
One of the worst accidents on the cricket field, Steve Waugh and Jason Gillespie collided while trying to catch a ball hit by Mahela Jayawardene. The accident resulted the former Australian captain, Steve Waugh, breaking his nose and the latter breaking his leg.
6. Simon Jones, England
Simon Jones was forced to quit his international career when he suffered a grievous knee injury while playing the ASHES in the year 2005.
7. Ewen Chatfield, New Zealand
Ewen is noted for nearly being killed on the Cricket field when he was hit above the ear by England pacer, Peter Lever. His respiratory system stopped as he swallowed his tongue, which got sliced with the accident.
8. Justin Vaughan, South Africa
Justin Vaughan received an absolutely unplayable ball from David Saker. The ball hit Vaughan on the face which left him unconscious for a while.
9. Mike Gatting, England
During a match in Jamaica in 1986, West Indies pacer Malcolm Marshal’s bouncer hit Gatting on the nose, leaving it broken.
10. Alex Tudor, England
Alex Tudor, while playing on the World’s fastest pitch was hit by one of the Brett Lee bouncers. Tudor suffered severe head injury and was carried off on a stretcher.
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