5 Cricketers who survived deadly accidents
Apart from getting injured on the field, players have been involved in accidents outside the playing ground too.
Updated - Mar 21, 2020 11:44 am
Cricket is not a contact sport, but it demands a high level of fitness and strict training routines. Therefore, sportspersons are inescapable from injuries. Injuries on the field or while practising are mostly internal; external ones are caused by off the field accidents.
Apart from getting injured on the field, players have been involved in accidents outside the playing ground too. Some of the injuries-completely unrelated with the game has been bizarre and therefore the player had to miss out on match time. Few of the off-field accidents were so dangerous; it could have ended the life of the player, let alone his cricketing career.
Here we look at 5 players who survived deadly accidents:
1. Oshane Thomas
Oshane Thomas is a tearaway fast bowler who once clocked 97mph in the CPL 2017. He was soon drafted into the West Indies limited-overs team and is now a regular feature for them. He has raw pace, a nasty bouncer and a sharp in-swinging yorker- these traits motivated Rajasthan Royals to buy him in the 2019 IPL auction for 1.1 crores.
In February 2020, Thomas was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident in Jamaica. His car overturned in the collision and was rushed to the hospital. His agent, Mark Neita was quoted by Jamaica Observer saying he was “at home resting” after the treatment. Thomas made a speedy recovery and was back for the T20Is in Sri Lanka. The Jamaican picked 5/28 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, registering his maiden five-for in T20 cricket.
The 24-year-old has had an impressive start to his career. He blew away the Pakistan team in the World Cup with his extra bounce, picking up 4/27. Thomas played 4 games in IPL last year and picked up five wickets and impressed everyone with pace. He was bought back by Rajasthan for 50 Lakhs in the last auction.