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Another cricketer hospitalised in Kolkata with head injury

Another cricketer hospitalised in Kolkata with head injury
A young cricket player, Rahul Ghosh, was on Tuesday hospitalised after sustaining a head injury during a local league match, a day after the tragic demise of former Bengal Under-19 team captain Ankit Keshri.

Ghosh had to be rushed to the Nightingale Hospital in central Kolkata after he got injured while fielding during the second division league match between his team Kolkata Police and Vijay Sports. Ghosh, who was fielding in the covers, was injured when the ball hit him. “He has an injury in the left side of the head. He has had haemorrhage, but no vomiting. CT scan has been done. It shows a clot,” Sabyasachi Sen, the attending doctor said on Tuesday.

Ghosh, nearing 20, was now stable, but will be kept under observation for seven to eight days, the doctor said. “Before that nothing conclusive can be said,” he said. Sen said the young player had difficulty in remembering the happenings just after the incident. “He picked up the injury behind the left ear while fielding. He will be kept under observation as these things can easily evolve. There is no edema (abnormal accumulation of fluid) near the brain stem, and his vital part has not been hurt,” he said. 

“The surgeons will decide what to do next. No ventilation is needed now. He is under constant monitoring,” the doctor added. The cricket world was plunged into gloom on Monday after former Bengal Under-19 captain Keshri, regarded as a bright future prospect, succumbed to a head injury sustained during a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) senior knock out tournament game Friday last. Twenty-year-old Keshri - turning out for his club East Bengal against Bhowanipore - was injured and fell unconscious following an on-field collision with a fellow fielder Sourav Mondal while taking a catch.

He passed away in the same hospital early on Monday following a cardiac arrest. His bereaved family has alleged “medical negligence”.  

Will do whatever we can for Ankit’s family: Gambhir 
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has said that his IPL franchise will go all out to support late Ankit Keshri’s family after the young Bengal player passed away post a freak on-field collision. Barely five months after the Phillip Hughes tragedy, the cricket world is once again mourning the loss of yet another young player. The 20-year-old Keshri breathed his last after suffering a cardiac arrest post an injury sustained during a Cricket Association of Bengal’s Senior one-day knock-out match on April 17. 

“The boy is not there with us and it is very disturbing. You can’t replace what the family has lost. But I can assure you one thing that we (KKR) would go out there and do whatever we can for the family. We would always be there and hopefully we could contribute as much as we could. We will do anything possible for them,” said Gambhir after the defending champions’ six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils. The talented right-hander had captained the Bengal U-19 team in Cooch Behar Trophy and was in the 30-member India U-19 probables list for the 2014 WC. 

Asked him to play carefully After Keshri’s death: Mom
Injured Bengal cricketer Rahul Ghosh’s mother said on Tuesday she had asked her son to “field carefully” while playing following the tragic death of former Bengal Under-19 captain Ankit Keshri on Monday. “I had asked him to field carefully”, an inconsolable Sharmila Ghosh said. The injured cricketer’s father, Amitava, said he was “conscious” post being admitted to a private hospital and was undergoing tests to ascertain the extent of his injury. “I didn’t have a good feeling about his going out to play. I called him before the match and told him to field carefully. Why did he go to play despite what happened to the other cricketer on Monday,” questioned Ghosh’s mother.


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