Ex-India coach Gary Kirsten hit by ball during practice, suffers facial injuries
Gary Kirsten, former Indian cricket team coach, was giving throwdowns to D’Arcy Short in the indoor school at Bellerive Oval when the young Western Australian hit one back fiercely at the coachcricket Updated: Jan 16, 2018 19:06 IST
Former Indian cricket team coach Gary Kirsten took a nasty blow to his face when he was struck by a ball hit by Hobart Hurricanes batsman D’Arcy Short during a net session for the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) season.
The former South African opener, Kirsten, was giving throwdowns to Short in the indoor school at Bellerive Oval when the young Western Australian hit one back fiercely at the coach. The blow left Kirsten with a cracked jaw and he had to undergo dental work to fix his broken teeth. The good news for Kirsten was that he didn’t require surgery.
“It was wet, so we were in the indoor centre. Darce just whacked one back at him [Kirsten] that he didn’t pick up in time,” Hobart Hurricanes skipper George Bailey was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“He is hitting the ball pretty cleanly and hard at the moment. It was a bit messy. [Kirsten] has actually come out of it very luckily in the big scheme of things. He said that he’s probably been a bit blase about that over the years. Everyone has had [helmets] on since,” Bailey further added.
The incident again highlighted the dangers coaches face while bowling to power hitters in the nets. In the recent times, Australian coach Darren Lehmann had often been spotted sporting full baseball and hockey masks while giving throwdowns.
Hurricanes’ 27-year-old batsman Short is currently the highest run scorer in the Big Bash League with a tally of 465 runs from seven matches at a staggering strike rate of 153.46.