Promising cricketer and former Bengal Under-19 captain Ankit Keshri's death invoked 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.
Former India cricketer Raman Lamba also died in a similar way, from injuries sustained during a cricket match. He was hit by a ball on the temple while fielding in a Bangladesh league cricket match and died after slipping into coma due to internal haemorrhage on February 23, 1998.
Cricket has over the years seen many unfortunate incidents occurring on the field which have claimed the lives of emerging, young and experienced players. Here's a list of fatal on-field injuries suffered by cricketers:
- England's Jasper Vinall was struck on the head by a bat on August 28, 1624, in Horsted Keynes.
- England's George Summers was struck on the head by a ball on June 29, 1870, in Nottingham.
- England's Andy Ducat died from heart failure during a wartime cricket match on July 23, 1942, in London.
- Pakistan's Abdul Aziz was struck over the heart by a ball on January 17, 1959, in Karachi.
- England's Wilf Slack collapsed while batting on January 15, 1989, in Banjul, Gambia.
- England's Ian Folley suffered a heart attack while being treated in hospital for eye injury sustained on the field on August 30, 1993, in Whitehaven.
- India's Raman Lamba was struck on the head by a ball while fielding on February 20, 1998, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- Pakistan's Wasim Raja suffered a heart attack on the pitch on August 23, 2006, in Marlow, England.
- South Africa's Darryn Randall was struck on the head by a ball on October 27, 2013, in Alice.
- Australia's Phillip Hughes was struck on the head by a ball on November 27, 2015 in Sydney.