When we are all die hard fans of cricket, they are people who have met with fatal accidents due to the same. Here are such 10 events.
10. Phillip Hughes
The fatal accident which ended one’s life, yes this is the story of one of the Australian Cricketer, Philip Hughes. It was on 25th November 2014, in a test series, batting at 63 not out, was struck in the neck by the ball after missing an attempted hook shot to a bouncer from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott. Hughes was wearing a helmet, but the ball struck an unprotected area just below his left ear.
9. Darryn Randall
A 32 year cricketer who was not just a South African cricket player along with representing various provincial youth teams but was a young coach in cricket academy at Stirling Primary School. On the day of 27th October 2013 at the Premier League match between Fort Hare University and Old Selbornians, was struck on the side of the head while attempting to take a shot. He was immediately rushed to hospital but he died on the way.
8. Wasim Raja
Wasim was a Pakistani cricketer who played 57 tests and 54 ODIs, while studying in the Government College, Lahore, he became the captain of the Pakistan Under-19 side and years alter he also coached the team. This great player had an unfortunate tragedy being heart attack which happened on 23rd August 2013, in England while playing for the Surrey over-50s side.
7. Raman Lamba
An Indian batsman who played 87 matches by scoring 22 centuries in total also met a tragic end. In 1998, while fielding in the Bangladesh’s league cricket, he was hit on the temple by a ball that caused internal hemorrhage and he slipped into coma and gradually died.
6. Ian Folley
Ian Folley was an English cricketer was a right-handed batsman and a left-arm bowler, initially a medium-pacer and later a spinner. While he started his career as a batsman but later continued as seamer and spinner. Following an injury to his left arm, Folley left cricket. In 1991, he tried coming back to playing cricket but ended up performing miserably. Two years later, he got injured in the eye while playing cricket and was taken to the hospital. The hospital’s negligence caused Folley a heart attack and he died.
5. Wilf Slack
The English cricketer being a left handed opener, who played for country cricket for Middlesex and windward Islands was Wilfred Norris Wilf Slack. His death was not only a tragic incident but was mysterious as well. He had been having blackouts in many matches but doctors couldn’t find as to the reason why! During the 1988 cricket season, one such blackout occurred and we lost a great cricketer for a mysterious illness.
4. Abdul Aziz
A great right hand Pakistani batsman as well as wicket keeper, Abdul Aziz used to play for Karachi, died during the Quaid-e-Azam final, where a ball struck to his heart. It was delivered by Dildwar Awan. Aziz’s death was the third instance of the death of a cricketer during a first-class cricket match. succeeding those of Maurice Nichol and Charlie Bull in the thirties.
3. Andy Ducat
A person who was not just a cricketer but also a great footballer, was also one of the Wisden Cricketer’s of the Year in 1920 is Andrew Ducat. He was an excellent batsman who had made 52 centuries. In 1919 he played 306 not out against Oxford University. In 1942, during a game at Lord’s cricket ground, the cricket history suffered a great loss. Andy Ducat had died of heart attack. The match was immediately cancelled as a mark of respect to him.
2. George Summers
A Great batsman who played all his first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire. In 1870 there was a matching going on between Nottinghamshire and Marylebone Cricket Club at the Lord’s, at this time George was struck on his head by short deliver of John Platts. The death of George tried to ensure that the bowler never bowled fast again which was quite successful. As a protest against what he saw as dangerous bowling, the next batsman, Richard Drafts came out to the wicket with his head wrapped in a towel.
The First Cricketer who is known to have died due to incident during a cricket game is Jasper Vinall. He was energetic player of West Hoathly. A game at the Horsted Keynes on 28th august 1624 marked to bring a change in laws of cricket. He was accidentally struck on the forehead by Edward Tye. He died thirteen days later after the tragedy on 30th September 1624.