Babu Nalawade, a 47-year-old cricketer, suffered a heart attack during a match and was pronounced dead on arriving at the hospital. He died on February 17 during a local cricket match in Maharashtra. However, the location of the match or any tournament details is not widely available.
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In the past, too, cricketers have died due to injuries on the field. Let's take a look at some of those unfortunate incidents.
1. Philip Hughes (Australia)
In 2014, Hughes died on the pitch after being hit by a bouncer on the back of his head. He suffered a ruptured artery and was administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before being taken to the hospital. He was in a comatose state for three days.
2. Darryn Randall (South Africa)
Randall, 32, was playing in a domestic match when he was struck on the side of the head while attempting a pull shot. The batsman collapsed and was declared dead on arrival.
3. Richard Beaumont (England)
In 2012, Beaumont played wonderfully to return with a five-wicket haul but later died on the field after a suspected heart attack. The pacer was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital but was pronounced dead shortly.
4. Raman Gaikwad (India)
25-year-old Gaikwad collapsed on the ground while playing a match in Maharashtra. Even though Gaikwad was taken to the hospital in time, he was declared dead. Cardiac arrest is suspected to be the reason behind his death.
5. Zulfiqar Bhatti (Pakistan)
Bhatti, a 22-year-old Pakistan cricketer, was struck in the chest during a domestic game. Despite being taken to the hospital, Bhatti was declared dead. He died in 2013.
7. Alcwyn Jenkins (England)
In 2009, Jenkins was umpiring a league match in Swansea when a ball hit him on the head. He was airlifted to a hospital but soon succumbed to his injuries. He was 72.
8. Wasim Raja (Pakistan)
A former Pakistan international, Raja suffered a heart attack while playing for Surrey Over 50s at Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Raja (54) played 57 Tests and 54 ODIs for Pakistan.
9. Raman Lamba (India)
Lamba, a former India international, got injured after being hit on the head while fielding in a match in Dhaka. He was in a coma for three days and could not recover from his injuries. Lamba (38) had also played for Ireland in unofficial ODI ties.
10. Harish Gangadharan (New Zealand)
Gangadharan, an Indian-origin cricketer, died during a club match in Dunedin, New Zealand. The 33-year-old had complained of having difficulty in breathing. He collapsed a few minutes after. Resuscitation was attempted but he could not be revived. Harish was playing for Green Iceland Cricket Club.
Others who have died are George Summers (England, 25), Andy Ducat (England, 56), Abdul Aziz (Pakistan, 18), Wilf Slack (England, 34), Ian Folley (England, 30).