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Sourav Ganguly condoles tragic death of young Bengal cricketer

New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly condoled the tragic death of young batsman Ankit Keshri, who passed away this morning after a freak on-field collision during a Cricket Association of Bengal's senior one-day knock-out match on April 17.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly 

"When I landed in Delhi this morning I got the news of Ankit Keshri. I knew he was in hospital, getting treatment because of a collision on the ground and from there to get to know that he is no more with us is heart-breaking and devastating. May his soul rest in peace," Ganguly said in a condolence message.

"I have been part of selection meetings where his name was often selected and everyone had high hopes about him but to lose an young talent like Ankit is beyond imagination," said the former Bengal captain.

Keshri was in hospital for the past three days and was showing signs of recovery till last evening when he was given oral food. However, in the early hours of this morning, Keshri suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was put on ventilator before he was declared dead.

The 20-year-old, a talented right-hander, had captained the Bengal U-19 team in Cooch Behar Trophy and was in the 30-member India U-19 probables list for the 2014 Colts World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. He was also playing for Bengal A (U-23 side) in CK Nayudu National Championship.

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