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Five other incidents that shocked cricket

Phil Hughes, Raman Lamba ended up losing their lives

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Dubai: Incidents of fatalities on the field, or crippling injuries, are rare but not unheard of in cricket. Here’s a look at five most well-known cases:

Phil Hughes

The Australian batsman was struck on the head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2014, he died two days later aged 25.

Raman Lamba

Hit on the temple while fielding in a Premier League match between Bangladesh sides Abahani Krira Chakra and Mohammedan Sporting Club in Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Stadium in 1998, the Indian batsman died three days later, aged 38.

Saba Karim

Suffered a career-ending eye injury aged 33 after being hit by the ball while keeping for India against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in Dhaka in 2000. The then Indian wicketkeeper sought surgery abroad but his sight never quite recovered to normalcy.

Mark Boucher

The South African wicket-keeper retired after being hit in the eye by a flying bail in a practice match between South Africa and Somerset in Taunton in 2012. Aged 35, he was due to retire that year anyway but brought it forward.

Nari Contractor

Took a blow to the back of the head by Charlie Griffith while batting for India against Barbados at the Kensington Oval in 1962. The Indian captain’s life was saved after six days in coma, but his career ended abruptly.


Juan Martin Del Potro holds the championship trophy after defeating Roger Federer (not pictured) in the men's finals in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.