A year after cricket sensation, Phil Hughes, the Australia batsman lost his life after being hit by a lethal bouncer on his head, India’s budding cricketer Ankit Keshri, a former captain for Bengal's under-19 team became yet another victim of the game!
The young and promising cricketer Ankit Keshri (20) was the opening batsman and played for the Under-23 Bengal squad. In a match between the local East Bengal and Bhowanipore teams, he severely injured himself in an attempt to grab a catch but tragically collided with his teammate.
According to his teammate when the batsman hit a lofted shot, both the bowler and Ankit rushed to grab the catch but alas both collided. While the bowler got up instantly Ankit remained on the ground.
The teammate informed, “Ankit was hit so brutally that he had lost conscious. He was not breathing and blood was coming out of his mouth. I gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation three to four times and he started breathing again.”
He was rushed to the Kolkata's AMRI Hospital but after battling for three days he collapsed to his injuries. According to doctors he had suffered acute traumatic brain injury which resulted in the swelling of the brain and cardiac arrest. "We even put in a pacemaker for his heart to work but he unfortunately succumbed to his severe brain injury, “quoted a doctor.
Ankit’s death brought a gloom in cricketing world. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar mourning his death said, “Saddened by the demise of Ankit Keshri. A promising career aborted by an unfortunate incident on field.”
The entire Bollywood too took to micro blocking to express their grief at the loss of a young cricketer. Actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Arjun Rampal, Ayushmann Khurrana, Riteish Deshmukh etc. tweeted paying their deepest condolence to the promising talent.
Shah Rukh stweeted, "Too young to go. Extremely unfortunate and sad. My Condolences and prayers for Ankit Keshri and his family. May Allah bless his soul. RIP."
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana tweeted aptly, "Sports could get unpredictable and ruthless. A normal day on the cricket field could be life threatening. RIP Ankit Keshri.”
Even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourning the death of Ankit tweeted, “In Ankit Keshri, we lost an enthusiastic youngster and a passionate cricketer. An untimely, unfortunate demise. RIP.
While the nation paid tribute what is disturbing is that the ongoing IPL Matches did not showed the empathy of paying tribute to the young talent. They could have at least shown courtesy of tying black band on wrist while playing as condolence or paid tribute on huge screen!
Rightly said IPL is nothing but glamour and glitz minus cricket!