Ghastly moment when a bowler is killed after being hit in the head by a ferocious shot from a batsman during a cricket match in India
- WARNING: DISTINCTIVE IMAGES Cricketer died in match on April 8
- The batsman swings and hits the ball straight back to the bowler’s head
- He cannot take evasive action and is hit on the head and then dies on the field
- He’s not the first death on the field. Batter Phillip Hughes died in Sydney in 2014
A cricket player was killed on the spot after a batsman hit him with a ferocious shot to the head during a game in India.
Shocking images filmed by a spectator show the tragedy that unfolds on April 8 in the fields in the Raj Nagar Extension, in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
After the fast bowler comes in for his delivery, the batsman connects well to the ball and hits it straight back to the bowler.
It is too fast for him to take evasive action and the ball hits him directly on the head.
Due to the impact, he immediately falls to the ground. A spectator screams in horror as players come to the player’s aid, but he dies right on the spot.
A cricketer died on the spot after a batsman hit his head with a ball during a game in India
His death isn’t the first tragedy on the field.
In November 2014, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was killed when he was hit by a ball in the neck.
Hughes, 25, was hit by a bouncer while hitting in a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia in Sydney, and later died in hospital as a result of his injuries.
The subsequent investigation yielded a number of recommendations, some of which had already been implemented, to improve the safety of players on the field.
In November 2014, Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was killed when he was hit by a ball in the neck. Here he celebrates scoring a century for his country in a 2009 test match in South Africa
Close-fielders and wicket-keepers standing by the stumps were advised to wear protective headgear as a matter of course, although this does not apply to players in the briefs.
The report also stated that players and coaching staff should wear helmets at all times when practicing in the nets against fast bowlers or bowling machines.
It also said a defibrillator should be available at all first-class games in case medical personnel need to deal with heart incidents.