Another young cricketer hospitalised in Kolkata with head injury

Apr 21, 2015, 18:56 IST | IANS

A day after the death of Ankit Keshri due to an on-field injury, another cricketer Rahul Ghosh was hospitalised in Kolkata on Tuesday after he sustained an injury while fielding during a local game

Kolkata: A young cricket player, Rahul Ghosh, was on Tuesday hospitalised after sustaining a head injury during a local league match, a day after the tragic demise of former Bengal Under-19 team captain Ankit Keshri.

Ghosh had to be rushed to the Nightingale Hospital in central Kolkata after he got injured while fielding during the second division league match between his team Kolkata Police and Vijay Sports.

Ghosh, who was fielding in the covers, was injured when the ball hit him.

"He has an injury in the left side of the head. He has had haemorrhage, but no vomiting. CT scan has been done. It shows a clot," Sabyasachi Sen, the attending doctor said on Tuesday.

Ghosh, nearing 20, was now stable, but will be kept under observation for seven to eight days, the doctor said.

"Before that nothing conclusive can be said," he said.

Sen said the young player had difficulty in remembering the happenings just after the incident.

"He picked up the injury behind the left ear while fielding. He will be kept under observation as these things can easily evolve. There is no edema (abnormal accumulation of fluid) near the brain stem, and his vital part has not been hurt," he said.

"The surgeons will decide what to do next. No ventilation is needed now. He is under constant monitoring," the doctor added.

The cricket world was plunged into gloom on Monday after former Bengal Under-19 captain Keshri, regarded as a bright future prospect, succumbed to a head injury sustained during a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) senior knock out tournament game Friday last.

Twenty-year-old Keshri -- turning out for his club East Bengal against Bhowanipore -- was injured and fell unconscious following an on-field collision with a fellow fielder Sourav Mondal while taking a catch.

He passed away in the same hospital early on Monday following a cardiac arrest. His bereaved famly has alleged "medical negligence".

Asked him to play carefully post Keshri's death: Injured cricketer's mom

Kolkata: Injured Bengal cricketer Rahul Ghosh's mother said on Tuesday that she had asked her son to "field carefully" while playing following the tragic death of former Bengal Under-19 captain Ankit Keshri on Monday.

Ghosh was hospitalised here with a head injury sustained while fielding during a local league game on Tuesday.

"I had asked him to field carefully", an inconsolable Sharmila Ghosh said.

Rahul, nearing 20 years of age, picked up the injury a day after the death of Keshri due to a fielding collision.

The injured cricketer's father, Amitava, said he was "conscious" post being admitted to a private hospital here and was undergoing a series of tests to ascertain the extent of his injury on the left side of the head.

The picture at the hospital entrance was gloomy as his tense parents and concerned family members waited agonisingly for more updates.

"I didn't have a good feeling about his going out to play today. I called him up before the match and told him to field carefully. Why did he go to play today despite what happened to the other cricketer yesterday," questioned Ghosh's mother.

An attending doctor said he is in a "stable" condition but the words hardly offered any relief to the family, particularly in the wake of Keshri's death.

Keshri, a former Bengal Under-19 cricket captain, died at the same private city hospital on Monday following the head injury he picked up in a collision with a fellow fielder Sourav Mondal while taking a catch during a local knockout tournament Friday last.

His tragic fate invoked the memories of the unfortunate death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes who was fatally hit by a bouncer during a domestic match on November 25 last year, and died from the injuries two days later.

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