Former Bengal Under 19 Captain Ankit Keshari Succumbs To On-Field Injury

20 April, Kolkata

In another tragic on-field incident after Phillip Hughes’ death last November, a promising Bengal batsman Ankit Keshri Monday passed away due to an injury sustained during a Cricket Association of Bengal’s Senior one-day knock-out match on April 17.

Keshri was in hospital for the past three days and was showing signs of recovery till Sunday evening when he was given oral food. However, in the early hours of this morning, Keshri suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was put on ventilator before he was declared dead.

The 20-year-old, a 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 Colts World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. He was also playing for Bengal A (U-23 side) in CK Nayudu national Championship.

In what can be considered a cruel twist of fate, Keshri was not a part of the playing XI and was the 12th man of the side in the fateful match. He had come to replace Railways Ranji all-rounder Arnab Nandi, who had taken a break.

Sachin Tendulkar had condoled the demise of Ankit Keshri and called his demise as promising career aborted by an unfortunate incident on field.

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