Monday 26 September 2016

Promising cricket star Ankit Keshri (20) dies after collision with team-mate in match

Published 20/04/2015 | 12:26

Sachin Tendulkar has paid tribute to a "promising" Indian cricketer who has died after colliding with a team-mate while attempting to take a catch during a club match in Kolkata.

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The Board of Control for Cricket In India confirmed on their official Twitter account that 20-year-old Ankit Keshri had passed away after suffering "a cardiac arrest following on-field injury".

According to reports, Keshri regained consciousness after the incident on Friday during a Cricket Association of Bengal senior one-day match, where he was only playing as a substitute fielder having been the 12th man, but died in hospital on Monday.

Former national team captain Tendulkar, the highest runscorer in Test and one-day international history, was among several India stars to offer their condolences at the news.

Tendulkar tweeted: "Saddened by the demise of Ankit Keshri. A promising career aborted by an unfortunate incident on field.

"May God give strength to Ankit's family and friends to cope with this loss #RIP"

Current India batsman Ajinkya Rahane said: "Very sad to know about Ankit Keshri. Strength to his family and friends. #RIP"

Manoj Tiwary, who has played nine ODIs for India, wrote: "I'm shocked 2 hear d news of Under-19 player from bengal named Ankit kesri's demise due to heart attack. My deepest condolences does out 2 Ankit kesri's family nd frnds.

"A promising player who scored loads of runs at under 19 level nd he wud hav surely played 4 senior bengal in 2 years time. Rest in peace younger brother."

The tragedy comes five months after Australia batsman Phillip Hughes died aged 25 after being hit on the neck by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match.

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