Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has said that the franchise will do everything possible for Ankit Keshri’s family after the cricketer’s sad demise post a freak on-field collision.
During a match between East Bengal and Bhowanipore club at the Salt Lake ground on April 17, Keshri, who was fielding at deep cover, charged in to collect the ball in the 44th over of the Bhowanipore’s innings and collided with his teammate Sourabh Mandal, who also charged in from the other end and fainted.
Keshri was then rushed to the nearby hospital to get the necessary treatment but after two days, he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was put on the ventilator before being declared dead.
Expressing condolences for his family, Gambhir said:
The boy is not there with us and it is very disturbing.
You can’t replace what the family has lost. But I can assure you one thing that we (KKR) would go out there and do whatever we can for the family.
We would always be there and hopefully we could contribute as much as we could. We will do anything possible for them.
The 20-year-old Ankit Keshri was in the 30-men squad of India U-19 probables list for the 2014 Colts World Cup in the UAE and had also captained the Bengal U-19 team in Cooch Behar Trophy.