Bengal Batsman Ankit Keshri dies

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Kolkata, April 20: In yet another tragic on-field accident, Bengal on Monday lost a young talented batsman Ankit Keshri owing to the injuries that he sustained while playing adomestic cricket match on April 17.

Ankit, who had captained Bengal's under19 (U-19) team at Cooch Behar Trophy two years ago, was the 12th man for the East Bengal Club team during their clash against visitingteam Bhowanipore Club. He had stepped in for Railways Ranjiplayer Arnab Nandi, who had taken a break and had just stepped out.

The accident took place in the penultimate 44th over when Ankit, who was fielding at sweeper cover, rushed to take a high catch and collided with the bowlerSouravMondalwho too had also ran to take the catch on his follow through.

"There was an opportunity for a catch for which both the bowler and fielder went. They were both were running at a very high speed and collided and then fell. After the collision one of them was moving while other was not even moving. He had blood spurting out of his mouth and he was lying at an odd angle. When I went to check on him he was not breathing and I gave him mouth to mouth and CPR after which he started breathing. Then we quickly called an Ambulance and took him to the hospital."  

After the playersrushed him to a nearby hospital, Ankit was stable and was making a steady progress till this morning when he suffered a massive heart attack leading to his death.

"He had a severe traumatic brain injury which gives rise to swelling of the brain which can compromise his respiration and cardiac activity any time. For that reason he was kept in the ICU to see any immediate change andtake appropriate measures. Unfortunately a cardiac arrest occurred and we took all appropriate measures even put in a pace maker for his heart to work but he unfortunately succumbed to his severe brain injury because other systems in the body is also governed by the brain and they didn’t work properly and we couldn’t save this unfortunate gentleman",  Ankit's doctor said.

In a similar on field accident few months back, Australian cricketer Phil Hughes had died after being hit on the neck while playing a domestic first-class match in Sydney, he was 25 at that time. 

-NNIS

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