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Indian-origin Club Cricketer Dies On Field In New Zealand 

Indian-origin Club Cricketer Dies On Field In New Zealand

In an unfortunate news, an Indian-original cricketer, Hareesh Gangadharan, died on the field while playing for a local club in Dunedin on Saturday. The 33-year old suffered a medical emergency while he was fielding for Green Island Cricket Club.

Hareesh Gangadharan had already bowled two overs before he complained of having problems in breathing. He eventually collapsed on the field at the Sunnyvale Sports Centre, and could not be revived despite efforts of his fellow cricketers, spectators and emergency services. Gangadharan is survived by wife Nisha Hareesh and their three-year-old daughter Gowri.

Hareesh Gangadharan was 33-year old. (Credits: Twitter)

Club president John Moyle expressed grief following the tragic incident through a statement.

“I am heartbroken to confirm the news of the very sudden death of our Green Island Cricket Club member while playing yesterday at Sunnyvale,” he said. “Hareesh Gangadharan suffered a medical event and despite all efforts by teammates, the public and emergency services he could not be saved.”

Gangadharan’s teammates were shocked with the turn of events as they considered him a very hit and healthy person. The Indian-born cricketer used to open the batting and bowling for the team. He had been playing for Green Islands – established in 1930 – for over six seasons. Originally from Kochi, Kerala, Gangadharan came to New Zealand five years ago to marry his wife.

The deceased cricketer’s teammate Cyrus Barnabas revealed that Gangadharan had three wishes for the team ahead of the game on Saturday. He wanted the team to score 250, bat the full 50 overs and wanted a player to score a ton. Well, the team achieved all the three targets with Cyrus being the centurion. Gangadharan himself remained unbeaten on 30. As per reports, Gangadharan’s body will be released to the family on Monday or Tuesday before being repatriated to India.

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