New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan had a near fatal experience against Pakistan ten days ago. While batting, McClenaghan was hit by a ferocious bouncer from Pakistan’s Anwar Ali right above his left eye. The ball had penetrated through his helmet grille and hit the Kiwi pacer just over his left eye. Scans later revealed that McClenaghan had suffered a hairline fracture above his eye.
The talented pacer recently revealed that he was on course to recovery and would begin training in a couple of days. “My first thought was, ‘Why didn’t I hit it?’,” he said to stuff.co.nz. “Then when I was trying to get the ball out, my conscious thought was, ‘Can I see?’ I realized the impact was above the eye, and I’ve seen a few cases where people haven’t been able to make a comeback from that. I calmed down as soon as knew I was able to see out of the eye.”
McClenaghan also said that he was lucky as the injury had no impact on his brain. “It went very, very close to going into my brain, had fragments in the sinus cavity, so the two plates were put in place to reinforce the orbital bone,” he said. “But I’m hoping the job done during surgery is going to mean I’m going to be able to move forward.”
“I know it’s going to be hard. The brain works in funny ways in terms of letting you do these kind of things, but I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to overcome them. I’m not overly bothered about that. The boys will tell you I’m pretty confident when it comes to throwing the willow around. I love taking the attack to the guys who have bowled to me in the past, I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.