Aspiring cricketer loses his life after lightning strikes him

He had joined the academy in May.

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Someone has rightly said, “Life is full of uncertainties.” The quote proved true after the 21-year-old Debabrata Pal died after the lightning struck him on Sunday. The unfortunate incident took place at the Vivekananda Park in South Kolkata. The aspiring cricketer had joined the Calcutta Cricket Academy only in May and his fate didn’t allow to live his dream and make it big in his career.

Debabrata was an all-rounder who wanted to follow his passion and came all the way from Serampore of Hooghly district. He had just finished with his warm-up on Sunday as the team was about to start the practice session. But the lightning coupled with thundershowers lashed the city in the afternoon and it struck the youngster only for him to collapse suddenly.

We rushed to him but…

The club secretary Abdul Masood scripted the detail about the incident and informed that Debabrata Pal was ready to start the practice as he had done with the warm-up. “After warming up, we were about to start practice when lightning started. He suddenly collapsed and we rushed to him,” he was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.

Abdul also added that they tried the treatment on their behalf at first but when Pal didn’t respond even after that, they rushed him to the nearby hospital. “We did cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but after seeing no response, we took him to Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan where he was declared dead,” he added.

This is not the first time when a cricketer has lost his life due to the lightning. Back in 2004, the 31-year-old player collapsed while batting after the lightning struck the pitch during a cricket game at Artie Smith Oval in Bomaderry according to abc.net.au. Even the ambulance officers were called and he was treated at the scene but he was declared dead arrival at Shoalhaven Hospital.

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