Former Indian Cricket team captain Nari Contractor, who had survived a near-fatal skull injury after being hit by a fast bowler in the West Indies, described the demise of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes today as “sad and unfortunate”. 

“It’s sad and unfortunate. Our sympathy goes to his family. What more can I say,” said Contractor. 

Contractor, himself had suffered a serious injury after being hit by a delivery from pacer Charlie Griffith in a tour game in the West Indies in 1962, while playing for India against West Indies at Barbados. 

The left handed opener’s skull was fractured and it needed a series of surgeries and the insertion of a steel plate on the damaged part of his head to save the life of Contractor.

But the fatal injury to Hughes, who was hit on the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbot while batting in a domestic game in Australia, has made him wonder how the accident happened.

“I, for once never even thought after the advent of helmet that this could happen. But accidents do take place and this is one of them. I have read in newspapers (regretfully) that he was not wearing the best quality of helmet,” said Contractor when asked whether the quality of helmets needed to be upgraded to prevent such accidents in future.