FATAL CRICKET: CAREERS CUT SHORT BY INJURY 

There is no physical engagement without the possibility of injury and so far as the body is put in motion and work is done, there is bound to be a slip which might lead to bodily harm/hurt.

To a cricket novice, the mere sight of a bowler bowling at a batsman puts a considerable amount of fear in his heart and if opportune to have a feel of the ball, he asks the very common question “what of the ball hits the batsman?”. The game cricket has ensured that anyone in danger of harm is duly protected, hence the protective gear worn by batsmen, wicket-keepers and silly fielders.

From the look of things, the batsman is in more danger of harm causing the general neglect of the bowler who is in danger of a heavy return hit towards the body or from the normal looking “unnatural” body action of bowling. As a medium pacer, i have had several stints with the latter which have resulted in sprains to my ankle, knee, hip and shoulder joints and complimentarily, strains to my rotator cuff muscles and back muscles. Fortunately, none of these injuries have been as fatal as seen in the unlucky batsmen below. Hey played for the love of the game but ended up being victims of circumstance.

Their case is a pitiable one so just read on and share in their pain.  

  • NARI CONTRACTOR
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Nari Contractor In a Toss

Nairman Jamshedji “Nari” Contractor is a former Indian skipper whose career came to an end after injury. He was the captain of the Indian side that toured the West Indies in 1962. During a tour match against Barbados, his attention was momentarily distracted as he faced Charlie Griffith: “It was as Griffith was to deliver the fourth ball of his second over that somebody opened a window in the pavilion. There was no sight screen at the time and my 100 percent concentration wasn’t on the delivery. . .” Contractor took a blow from the bouncer at the base of his skull (at the time helmets were not in use) which led to a fracture and him being unconscious for six days. During recovery, Nari needed a blood transfusion and West Indies captain Frank Worrell was the first donator of blood for him. He fully recovered and retired to first class cricket but was never picked to play for India. He was 28 at the time. Now 83, Nari lives in Mumbai where he coaches at the Cricket Club of India Academy.

  • DAVID LAWRENCE

    David Lawrence Stretchered Off The Field

David Valentine Lawrence better known as SYD was an English cricketer who represented his country in 5 tests and 1 One Day International. During a test match against New Zealand, on 10 February 1992 in Wellington, New Zealand, the worst occurred. In the middle of his delivery stride,Lawrence collapsed in pain and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Despite attempts at county cricket, his knee cracked again and he was forced to retire from all forms of cricket at the age of 29. He eventually went into body building and has had a successful career in the field.

  • CRAIG KIESWETTER
An Injured Craig

English Wicketkeeper-Batsman, Craig Kieswetter appeared in 71 matches for England between 2010 and 2013. He was recorded as a One Day specialist with all his appearances coming in One Day Internationals or Twenty-20 Internationals. His international career was filled with ups and downs and was eventually cut short by an injury on 12 July 2014 while batting for Somerset against Northamptonshire in a County Championship match. The bowler David Willey delivered a bouncer which went through the gap between the grille and the visor of his helmet and struck him in the face. Craig suffered from a broken nose, a fractured cheek bone and an injured eye from the incident. He underwent facial surgery and developed double vision for a while after. Returning to active play wasn’t easy as his injuries persisted. Craig decided to retire in June 2015 as a result of the effect of his eye injury on his standard of play. He said this before his retirement “in the end I just thought, there are too many mediocre players in county cricket and good luck to them but I don’t want to be another one. His retirement was at the age of 27.

  • GREG RAIKA LOVERIDGE
Business Man, Craig Loveridge 

Loveridge was a talented Leg spinner who was selected to represent his country New Zealand at the age of 20 and was to make his debut against Zimbabwe on the 13th January 1996. He went in to bat in the first innings and fractured a finger, making him unable to bowl; he never got a chance again. Loveridge played a lot of First Class cricket but was unhappy with the process at the cricket academies he was sent to. He left cricket, studied in England and indulged in charities. He is now one of the richest men in New Zealand currently the GM of New Zealand property company Robert Jones Holdings.

  • SABA KARIM
Saba Karim Hit Behind the Stumps 

Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman initially found it hard to break into the Indian starting XI due to the presence of other better keepers; Nayan Mongia, MSK Prasad and Sameer Dighe. He eventually got his chance as a replacement for Nayan Mongia in the South African tour of India in 2000. His career was however truncated when in a match against Bangladesh in the 2000 Asian cup in Dhaka; a ball from Teammate Anil Kumble hit him on the right eye off the boots of the batsman at his office behind the stumps. He made a comeback and played a Test match with several ODIs for India but the lingering effect of his eye injury ensured his retirement. He was 33 at the time of retirement but already had 18 years of First Class cricket behind him. He later became a national selector and a television commentator.

  • SHANE BOND  
Bond in His Delivery Stride 

Notably New Zealand’s best fast bowler since Sir Richard Hadlee, the 150kmph bowler was a thorn in the flesh of batsmen with his deliveries of toe-crushing Yorkers and his ability to swing the ball both ways with genuine pace. However, his battles with injuries limited what would have been a great career. These injuries included back and knee troubles, abdominal tear and stress fractures. The back injury was so severe that at a time, a titanium wire had to be fixed to his spine for recovery and stability. He retired from tests in December 2009 to minimise the wear and tear on his body and chose to elongate his career in the limited overs formats. He remodelled his bowling action to prevent reoccurrence of his injuries but this proved futile as his injuries resurfaced. On 14 may 2010, Bond announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket after the 2010 ICC World Twenty-20 tournament. He became a bowling coach of IPL franchise, the Mumbai Indians and has also been a commentator for Sky Sports since 2016.

  • ANDREW FLINTOFF
Flintoff in Pains On the Pitch

Injury-plagued former English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was forced to retire from all forms of cricket in 2010 due to a long standing knee injury. Flintoff who retired at the age of 32 played 79 test matches for England – a long career marred by recurring injuries to his knees and ankles. He had this to say after his retirement “Having been told my body would no longer stand up to the rigours of cricket, I had no alternative”. The Lancashire star played a key role in England’s Ashes successes of 2005 and 2009. He however ended his international career on a high, running out Australian batsman Ricky Ponting with a direct hit from mid-off in England’s 2-1 Ashes series winning match on the 23 August 2009. He retired from international cricket on 16 September 2010 at the age of 33 but went on to play domestically till his final retirement on 15 March 2015.

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