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On-field life threatening injuries, After Phil Hughes tragedy 

“27th November 2014”- it is an unforgettable day for the world cricket when the whole cricket world was shaken over the incident of Phillip Hughes’s death. On the afternoon session on 25th November 2014, a ball hit Hughes’s neck when he attempted to play a hook shot to a bouncer from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott. Though Hughesy (the nickname of Phil Hughes) was wearing a helmet, but the ball had struck an unprotected area just below his left ear. He collapsed on the pitch after this incident and subsequently he had been taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery and had been placed into a coma. After two days this incident, Hughes ended his fight and passed away.

The whole cricket world was shocked from this incident. Sean Abbott took some time to come out over this incident.

The incident is now going to be complete 1 year. But nobody will forget that sad incident. Now there are some brutal on-fields incidents at cricket in the following which had occurred in this 1 year.

Hillel Awaskar (29th November, 2014):- Just two days after the tragic death of Phil Hughes, the Indian- origin Israeli umpire, who was also a former captain of Israel’s cricket team, Hillel Awaskar died in heart-attack after a ball hit him in the neck during a league match in the coastal city of Ashdod, Israel. The striker-end batsman struck the ball so hard which hit the bowling-end stumps at the first and hit Awaskar after getting deflected the ball from the stumps. He had collapsed on the field after this incident. He was taken to the hospital but couldn’t survive. 

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Daniel Hughes (24th January 2015): – It was almost very similar incident which happened in the Phillip Hughes’s death incident. Daniel Hughes was batting in a grade cricket game in Sydney, Australia on 24th January 2015, when he tried to hook a bouncer from bowler Cameron Nupier and was struck to the back of his neck, underneath the helmet. He was taken to hospital for tests but was cleared of any major damage and released from the hospital.

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Ankit Raj Keshri (17th April 2015): – The 20-years old young boy had died in the hospital on 20th April 2015 after an on-field dangerous incident, which had occurred at three days before of his death. The incident happened during a knockout match of CAB’s (Cricket Association of Bengal) Division 1 between East Bengal and Bhowanipore at the Jadavpur University Campus in Kolkata, India. He collided with his teammate Sourabh Mondal while attempting a catch. Mondal’s knee crashed into Keshri’s head and neck region. After this incident, Keshri was lying flat and not breathing. Immediately, he was taken to the hospital, where he died after three days of this incident due to a cardiac arrest.

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Rahul Ghosh (21st April 2015): – Just after the day of Ankit Keshri’s tragic death, another nasty injury had happened in the same city. It was the match between Kolkata Police and Vijay Sports in the local league game in Kolkata, India. Rahul Ghosh had been hospitalized after he had sustained a brutal injury on his head during the time of fielding. The ball hit him at the back of his head when he was trying to stop a ball. Though he luckily avoided any serious harm, but there had showed a clot in his brain.

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Rory Burns and Moises Henriques (14th June, 2015):- This was quite a similar incident of Ankit Keshri’s deadly injury.Rory Burns and Moises Henriques dangerously collided on the field while they both went to take a high catch in a T-20 match between Sussex and Surrey at Arundel, England. They were taken to the hospital immediately and the match had been abandoned. Latterly, both of the players survived.

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Bavalan Pathmanathan (5th July, 2015):- The 24-year-old had been struck in his chest by a ball while he was batting for Hersham-based Manipay Parish Sports Club in Division Three of the British Tamil League. In Surrey, England. He was given CPR and treated on the ambulance, as well as air ambulance doctors, but the 24-year-old subsequently died from his injuries in less than 48-hours from this injury.

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Chris Rogers (17th July 2015): –  This Australian test opener was the next victim in this life-thread injury. The incident happened in this year’s Ashes. He was struck on the back of his helmet while taking evasive action from a James Anderson bouncer with the first delivery on day 2 of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. It was almost the same area where Phillip Hughes was hit in the tragic accident. It was looking a much minor injury while he was also feeling much comfortable. But the story didn’t end on this day, the scariest moment had started when he dropped to one knee at non-striker end and was looking very uncomfortable at the very early morning session on day 4 in the same Test. Finally,  he had decided to retired-hurt. At the end, he was safe but it was surely a scariest moment for the all cricket fans.     

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Eoin Morgan (13th September 2015): – Another almost deadlier incident happened in the ODI series between Australia vs England, just after the end of the Ashes series where Chris Rogers incident occurred. It was the decider match of the five-match ODI series which had been played at Old Trafford, England. He had been blown in his helmet by a deadlier bouncer ball, which had been bowled by Australian bowler Mitchell Starc. Though he had managed to stay on his feet but he had been not able to play anymore in that match. He had escaped any serious injury, but the moment was very scarier to the whole players in this match. 

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