Injuries on a cricket field may not be uncommon, but when cricketers suffer knocks and blows, it sends a chill down the spine. Besides, they make headlines. Some injuries have even resulted in death.
There are many examples of injuries on the cricket field, some fatal and others life-altering.
Steve Waugh-Jason Gillespie Collision
The injury happened on the second day of the first Test at the Asgiriya stadium in central Kandy on September 10, 1999.
Raman Lamba Succumbs to Blow on the Head
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Former opener Raman Lamba died after being struck by the ball on the head while fielding at silly mid-on in a Bangladesh premier cricket league match between Abahani and Mohammedans in February 1998.
The 38-year-old Delhi batsman underwent brain surgery to remove a blood clot at a hospital in Dhaka after being hit. He was declared brain dead three days after the surgery and the life support was withdrawn following his family's approval.
Irfan Pathan and Suresh Raina Collide
Cricketer Phillip Hughes died after a freak accident during a 2014 cricket match.
During a Test match in 2003, Shoaib Akhtar, running in at full steam, bowled a short delivery that Kirsten tried to hook. He missed the ball completely - the ball lodged into the visor and hit his cheek.
Kirsten removed his helmet and there was blood all over resulting from a gash in his left eye.
He had ten stitches on his eye and sustained a broken nose.
Mark Vermeulen Gets Dent in Skull
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In 2004, Zimbabwe's Mark Vermeulen fractured his skull while batting in a triangular series match against India in Brisbane.
The 24-year-old top-edged a bouncer from Irfan Pathan and the ball struck him above the right eye wedging between the visor and peak of his helmet.
Vermeulen was taken to a Brisbane hospital where a depressed skull fracture was diagnosed.
He had a reconstructive surgery later and played no further part in the series.
Anil Kumble was hit by a rising delivery from paceman Mervyn Dillon on the second day of the fourth Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground.
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By Sowmya Sangam