Just a day after 20-year-old Ankit Keshri died after colliding with a player during a cricket match, a teenage cricketer in West Bengal was admitted to hospital after sustaining a serious on-field injury in a second division match.
Rahul Ghosh, 19, complained of nausea after being hit on the head by a ball while fielding for Kolkata Police against local side Vijay Sporting Club during a game in Salt Lake.
Ghosh was rushed to Kolkata's Nightingale Hospital, where he was admitted to the critical care unit. While X-rays did not reveal any abnormalities, his CT scan showed a clot.
"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," attending doctor Sabyasachi Sen said on Tuesday.
Ghosh 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 also added that 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.
Kolkata Police told HT that Ghosh was not an employee of the force though the teenager plays for the club regularly.
"Ghosh was fielding at cover when a ball bounced awkwardly, got deflected off his hand and hit his temple. He apparently looked okay, for he didn't lose consciousness and was talking normally. But he was sent to hospital for a precautionary MRI and CT scan," said Sreedhar Nagesh, an official of Vijay Sporting Club.
The incident has come as another shock for the city that is yet to recover from Keshri's death on Monday. From cricketers to politicians to Bollywood stars, there was a flood of condolence messages for Keshri, who died after an on-field collision with a player of his own team, East Bengal.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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