Yet again, the game of cricket witnessed a batsman being down after being struck on the helmet by a fast bowler. Unfortunately, this time, it is Andre Russell, who was stretchered off the field following a brutal blow to his helmet. The incident took place while Russell was batting for Jamaica Tallawahs’ during the first innings of the clash against St Lucia Zouks at Sabina Park.
The incident happened in the 14th over of the Jamaica Tallawahs’ inning when Russell, batting on zero, failed to connect with a pull and the ball struck his helmet near the right ear on Thursday evening at the Sabina Park, reports ESPNcricinfo.
Andre Russell failed to connect the pull:
Having failed to pull, his head turned due to the momentum of his swing and that’s when the impact took place. The West Indies all-rounder immediately fell on the ground and the Zouks fielders then removed his helmet to check for his injury. It appeared that there was no neck guard on Russell’s helmet.
The impact of the ball was such that Russell immediately went to the ground before the surrounding players helped him remove the helmet. The medical staff rushed to the ground before breathing a sigh of relief to see Russell standing up on his feet again.
The official account of the CPL T20 league later tweeted: “Andre Russell has gone to the hospital for a scan. He left the field on a stretcher earlier having been hit on the head by a bouncer.”
A medical update from the franchise later confirmed Russell had not suffered from any serious injury. But, they confirmed that he will be ruled out for the remainder of the season. Jamaica Tallawahs managed to put 170 runs in their stipulated 20 overs which St Lucia Zouks chased down with 20 balls to spare.
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