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Bowler KILLED after being hit in the head by cricket ball in India during match

Horrifying moment bowler is KILLED after being hit in the head by batsman’s shot during cricket match in India

  • WARNING: DISTRESSING IMAGES Cricket player killed by a ball during a match  
  • The match was held at a field in the Raj Nagar Extension in Uttar Pradesh 
  • The batsman swings his bat and strikes the ball which hits the bowler’s head 

A cricketer has died on the spot after a batsman’s ferocious shot hit him on the head during a match in India.

Shocking footage filmed by a spectator shows the =tragedy unfolding on the pitch in the Raj Nagar Extension, in Ghaziabad, in India’s Uttar Pradesh region, on April 8. 

After the fast bowler runs in for his delivery, the batsman connects well with the ball, hitting it straight back towards the bowler. It is too fast for him to take evasive action and the ball strikes him directly on the head.

The impact causes him to fall straight to the ground. An onlooker shrieks in horror as players rush to the player’s aid but he died on the spot.  

The batsman swings his bat and strikes the ball which hits the bowler's head

A cricket player has died on the spot after a batsman hit his head with a ball during a match in India

His death is not the first on-field tragedy. 

In November 2014, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was killed when he was struck on the neck by a ball. 

Hughes, 25, was hit on the head by a bouncer while batting in a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia in Sydneyy, and later died in hospital as a result of his injuries. 

The report has made a number of recommendations, some of which have already been implemented, in order to improve the safety of players on the field.

Close-fielders and wicketkeepers standing up at the stumps have been advised to wear protective head-gear as a matter of course, although this does not apply to players in the slips.

The report also states that players and coaching staff should wear helmets at all times when practising in the nets against fast bowlers or bowling machines.

It also says that a defibrillator should be available at all first-class matches in case medical staff need to deal with cardiac incidents.