Cricket is a popular game, no doubt about that! It’s an elegant, stylish and high-profile game. With millions of fans glued to the screens for just a boundary or a six, cricket has a special place in the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. With the rage of fantasy sports trending currently, cricket has become more popular than ever before.
However as ornamented as it may look, the game is not completely safe for the players. You may say there’s no life risk, but a sudden adrenaline rush may result in some fatal injuries. Such instances are quite common in cricket. You’ll find people especially the fantasy cricket league players recalling the iconic shots. However, no one remembers the mortal accidents and injuries that might have hampered the flourishing career of a cricketer.
There’s no gain without a little risk. Both live cricket and fantasy cricket has it’s share of risks. On-field injuries are a part of live cricket and loosing out on real money is a risk for fantasy cricket games. If you browse the list, you’ll find many such instances of accidents, however here’s a few incidents which had literally shocked the cricket fans!
Death of Phillip Hughes
Under uncertain and very sad turn of events, this incident in unquestionably till date the saddest day for the cricket fraternity and also the Australian cricket team as well. Born in the year 1988, this 25-year-old left-handing Australian opener had made his test debut in 2009 and international debut in 2013. One of the finest cricketers and having played many tournaments, if alive, this man would have made it to the top and would have been a favorite choice for playing fantasy cricket. However, on 24th November during a match at Sydney Cricket Ground, he was hit by a bouncer in the neck which caused a brain hemorrhage.
Heart attack of Wasim Raja
Starting his career as a cricketer from the very beginning with under-19 Pakistan team, Raja played at least 54 ODIs and 57 test matches on behalf of Pakistan team in his 12 glorious years. However, his death was not an on-field accident rather a very unfortunate event. He suddenly suffered from a heart attack on the ground and died on spot! Since he was a healthy cricketer hence this unfortunate incident was completely unforeseen.
Raman Lamba temple hit
This all rounder batsman played for India, North Zone, Ireland and Abahani and in a match against Himachal Pradesh he scored 312. This was indeed a notable success in his career as a batsman. However, his glorifying career and life came to an end in 1998. While fielding in Bangladesh league cricket, a ball has hit him on the temple and he slipped into coma. After that there was no way that he revived from the same!
Wilf Slack on-field collapse
The viewers who had witnessed this unfortunate match of 1989 knew that it was a sheer bad luck that caused the death of this English cricketer. Slack played county cricket for the Middlesex and Windward Islands and was also a popular name in the ODIs. However, his death on-field was a highly mysterious event. For a long time, he was experiencing sudden blackouts. The day when he died, he was on the field and was playing fine. Suddenly due to a black out he fell unconscious and died on spot! If online fantasy games were present at that time, then such an uncertain event must have affected the player as well.
Ian Folley’s heart attack
Another English cricketer who began his career at Lancashire as a right-handed batsman and later became an extra ordinary spinner also had an unfortunate luck. He managed to take 129 wickets in his whole career. However, he died too soon when he suffered from an eye injury on the field. Later when he was shifted to the hospital, he died out of heart attack!
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