‘I’m not dead!’ Cricketer who was hit in the head by ball travelling at 120mph releases video after India was swept with rumours that he DIED
- The batsman played a hard straight drive which smashed into the bowler’s head
- A dramatic video emerged today showing the bowler instantly drop to ground
- Other players rushed to his side during the cricket match in Uttar Pradesh, India
- But it was later revealed that the bowler was merely knocked unconscious
- Released a video confirming that he was still alive to quell rumours of his death
A Cricketer who was hit in the head by ball travelling at 120mph has released a video after India was swept with rumours that he died on the spot.
The batsman played a straight drive which smashed into the bowler’s head causing him to instantly drop to the ground in a chilling video taken in Uttar Pradesh, India.
The wicketkeeper and other team mates rushed to his side – with many fearing he had died in the accident on April 3.
But it was later revealed that the bowler – who asked not to be named – was merely knocked unconscious, with his right earlobe taking the brunt of the blow.
The man was rushed to hospital from the match at VVIP Cricket Academy in Ghaziabad before regaining consciousness midway through the doctor’s observation.
But even so, rumours quickly circulated claiming that the man had died.
He swiftly released a video confirming that he was still alive, saying he feels ‘alright except for a bit of dizziness and headache’.
The unnamed sportsman said: ‘I am not dead, I am alive.
‘The rumours were doing rounds that I died on the spot which is untrue, however, I was unconscious for the time being.
‘I am feeling alright except for a bit of dizziness and headache.
‘I am a cricketer and I am hopeful that it will go away soon. I am set to undergo a CT scan. Rest, all is fine.’
It is thought the man might have suffered some damage to his hearing
But a local doctor added: ‘He should consider himself lucky that he had survived the scare.’
A cricket player was hit in the head after a batsman hit his head with a ball during a match in India
In November 2014, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was killed when he was struck on the neck by a ball.
Hughes, 25, was hit by a bouncer while batting in a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia in Sydney, and later died in hospital as a result of his injuries.
The subsequent investigation made a number of recommendations, some of which had already been implemented, in order to improve the safety of players on the field.
Close-fielders and wicketkeepers standing up at the stumps were advised to wear protective head-gear as a matter of course, although this does not apply to players in the slips.
The report also stated players and coaching staff should wear helmets at all times when practising in the nets against fast bowlers or bowling machines.
It also said a defibrillator should be available at all first-class matches in case medical staff need to deal with cardiac incidents.
In November 2014, Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was killed when he was struck on the neck by a ball. Here he celebrates scoring a century for his country in a 2009 Test match in South Africa