Kolkata – Indian cricket is reeling from the on-field death of promising player Ankit Keshri.
Keshri, a former captain of Bengal’s under-19 state team, died after suffering a cardiac arrest, a report from the Board of Control for Cricket In India confirmed.
Keshri collided with a team-mate as they both attempted to take a catch in a senior one-day match in Kolkata.
The 19 year old, who was only playing as a substitute fielder, initially recovered consciousness but died in hospital on Monday.
“It’s so unfortunate,” Bengal cricket association’s Subir Ganguly said of the death of Keshri, who had been close to making India’s under-19 World Cup team and was considered a bright prospect.
“He was such a promising cricketer and for him to pass away in such a manner is difficult to swallow.’”
There was an outpouring of grief, including from high profile cricketers.
Former Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar, the highest runscorer in test and one-day international history, 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’” – Agencies