Another Death on the Field of Cricket
KOLKATA: In another tragic incident, a promising Bengal batsman Ankit Keshri on Monday passed away. Ankit Keshri got injured during a Cricket Association of Bengal’s senior one-day knock-out match on April 17.
Keshri was in hospital for the past three days and was showing signs of recovery till Sunday evening when he was given oral food. However, in the early hours of this morning, Keshri suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was put on ventilator before he was declared dead.
20-year-old Ankit Keshri was a talented right-hander, had captained the Bengal U-19 team in Cooch Behar Trophy.
“Fielding at sweeper cover, Keshri rushed to take the high catch as left-arm pacer Sourav Mondal too ran on his follow through. It was as freak an accident as possible,” Bengal A coach Jaideep Mukherjee, who was present at the ground, said.
“There was no external injury but Keshri fainted as fellow mates Anustup Majumder and Shiv Sagar Singh resuscitated him. He gained some consciousness and was rushed to nearby AMRI. From there he was admitted to Nightingale Hospital,” Mukherjee further added.
Ankit Keshri was in the 30-member India U-19 probables list for the 2014 Colts World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
“I am not in a position to speak. I am feeling devastated and I don’t know what his parents must be going through. His body will be brought to East Bengal tent before being taken for last rites,” a distraught CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly said.
In fact the veteran official returned from Kolkata airport even though he was supposed to reach Delhi in the afternoon for the IPL governing council meeting.
“I am not in a mental frame of mind to attend any meeting,” the joint secretary said.
India a captain Manoj Tiwary sounded equally devastated.
“I did not want to get this news. A fine young talent who should have played Ranji Trophy in a year or two. I am told he suffered cardiac arrest in the morning. A 20-year-old suffering heart attack after scans showed that there was not hemorrhage,” said Tiwary, who would be playing an IPL match for Delhi Daredevils against KKR, in Delhi on Monday.