The pall of gloom descended upon the village of Goshbugh village in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district when the shocking news spread like a wildfire that a teenage cricketer Jahangir Ahmad had passed away following an unfortunate incident on the cricketing field on Thursday (July 11).
Jahangir, 18, died after failing to execute the pull short before the bouncer hit around his throat. He had represented the Baramulla team against Budgam in the Twenty20 game.
The incident took place during the game at Nanil area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Jahangir wore all the protective gears while batting:
As soon as the ball hit Jahangir, he collapsed to the ground. Moreover, he was shifted to the PHC Mattan, where doctors declared him brought dead.
“It is a tragic incident. He was wearing all the protective gear including the helmet with temples. It happened in a fraction of second. He tried to hook the ball but missed. It is very unfortunate. He was like my son. We called the district hospital in Anantnag and kept everything available there. But he couldn’t even make it to the hospital.” Director General Youth Services and Sports Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman told Kashmir media.
According to the Greater Kashmir, Noor Mohammad, who’s is the district officer of Youth Services and Sports revealed that Jahangir couldn’t tackle a vicious bouncer which hit his throat.
“The ball hit him his near throat while trying to execute a pull shot,” Noor Mohammad revealed.
The 11th stand student Jahangeer had developed a keen interest in cricket, and he had also represented his Government Higher Secondary School in various school-level competitions.
Earlier, Youth Services and Sports Department had inaugurated the tournament for Under 19 and Under-17 cricketers in Bijbehara which eventually got underway on July 09 (Wednesday).
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik had expressed grief over the death of Jahangir. Malik had also announced INR five lakh as ex-gratia to the family of the deceased.
As things happen by coincidence, the left-handed batsman Jahangir had donned the England jersey when England were facing reigning champions Australia in the second semi-final at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
However, England outclassed Aussies to face Kiwis in the finale on July 14 at Lord’s in London. Earlier, New Zealand had beaten India by 18 runs at the Old Trafford in Manchester.