1. In tragic Phillip Hughes type rerun, cricketer Luke Fletcher suffers big blow to head, bleeds on pitch; watch video

In tragic Phillip Hughes type rerun, cricketer Luke Fletcher suffers big blow to head, bleeds on pitch; watch video

Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher was hit in the head by a straight drive from Sam Hain during the T20 Blast tournament match against Birmingham in Edgbaston.

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 11, 2017 1:01 PM
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Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher was hit in the head by a straight drive from Sam Hain during the T20 Blast tournament match against Birmingham in Edgbaston. The ball struck him with such a force that he started bleeding. The 28-year-old bowler had to take help of a physio to even walk off the pitch. Fletcher was immediately taken to the hospital where the doctors said that he has suffered a concussion. Players from both the teams were shocked from the unexpected incident. Most of them can be seen cupping hands around their mouths in shock. The match was delayed by 30-minutes following the event. Eventually, the match resumed with Birmingham winning the game by 6 wickets.

Fletcher later took to Twitter to thank his well-wishers from the hospital for their support. As per Indian Express, his team coach Peter Moores after the match said, β€œThe lads were shaken up. I mean, one of your mates has just gone down. We all sat in there [the dressing room] for 20 minutes. A few lads were struggling a bit, but it seemed the right decision to go back and carry the game on.”

He added,”Credit to the umpires, they gave us that half-hour to decide what we were going to do.”

Meanwhile, in a similar incident on November 25, 2014, Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was hit on the back of the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The blow had caused a vertebral artery dissection that led to a subarachnoid haemorrhage. He died on November 27, 2017.

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