In a tragic on-field incident, former Bengal U-19 captain Ankit Keshri, on April 20, died due to an on-field injury sustained during a match between the local giants East Bengal and Bhowanipore club at the Salt Lake ground on April 17.
According to the reports, Keshri charged in from deep cover 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. According to Shibsagar Singh, who was fielding at point, Mondal’s knee crashed into Keshri’s head and neck region.
Keshri was then rushed to the nearby hospital to get the necessary treatment. He showed signs of recovery in the first two days but early in the morning on April 20, he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was put on the ventilator before he being declared dead.
“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 shattered Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) joint secretary Subir Ganguly said.
Indian player 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.
The 20-year-old Ankit Keshri had captained the Bengal U-19 team in Cooch Behar Trophy and was in the 30-men squad of India U-19 probables list for the 2014 Colts World Cup in the UAE.