Indian cricket batsman Ankit Keshri died early Monday, three days after suffering a head injury in a freak accident on the field during a one-day match in the eastern city of Kolkata.
The 20-year-old Keshri was hospitalised Friday after colliding with a teammate while trying to catch a ball during the match between the local
“He was not breathing, so I gave him CPR, only then he started breathing,”
His father, Raj Keshri, said his son had been talking on Sunday, but still had a fever and nausea. “I don’t know why he was transferred to a general bed from ICU,” he said.
Dr. Arpan Chowdhury said Keshri suffered a heart attack early Monday and died a few hours later.
Keshri was considered an up-and-coming talent on the Indian cricket scene. The right-hander was captain of the Bengal Under-19 team, and was short-listed for
Retired cricket star Sachin Tendulkar expressed sorrow over the death of Keshri, “a promising career aborted by an unfortunate incident on field,” he said in a Twitter message.
The highest elected official in West Bengal state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, also wrote on Twitter that she was “saddened, shocked with the news of young cricketer Ankit’s death ... My condolences and prayers.”
Keshri's death comes four months after 25-year-old Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes died after being hit by a bouncer.