Colin Ingram recovers from mystery illness; bats well in comeback game

Ingram thanked his wife for standing by his side at his time of need.

Colin Ingram
Colin Ingram. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Former South African cricketer Colin Ingram recovered from a mysterious illness and is back on the cricket field. Ingram made a good comeback by scoring 46 not out against Middlesex on Sunday, August 5, in a T20 Blast match at Old Deer Park, Richmond. At the end of the night, his team Glamorgan won the game handsomely and made it a memorable return for the batter.

36-year-old Ingram, the skipper of Glamorgan missed two T20 Blast matches recently after developing breathing problems at his home in Cardiff and was rushed to the hospital. Though the left-hander was match fit, he is still not sure as to what had struck him.

“There are a lot of question marks at the moment,” BBC Sports Wales quoted him as saying.

“Most of the specialists I’ve spoken to feel it’s some sort of auto-immune cause that could have built up over a lengthy time, or just (been) triggered by something small. It’s great to be happy and healthy again and to have made a full recovery so far,” he added.

Thankful to the medical team

The cricketer had to get a medical certificate before returning to the cricket field since he underwent medication during the treatment.

“Some of the things they gave me when I was hospitalised were necessary to revive me, but had to be cleared by Drug Free Sport, so I’m thankful to the medical team and the work they put in as well,” he said.

Ingram thanked his wife for standing by his side at his time of need. He said she was a “little sceptical” of him getting on the team bus but he assured her, saying he was “really feeling good”.

He is one of those South African players who shifted base to England after signing the Kolpak contracts. He played 31 ODIs and nine T20Is for the national team between 2010 and 2013, scoring three international hundreds.

With Sunday’s win, Glamorgan reached the fifth position in the T20 Blast South Group – just outside the qualification slots. Their three-win streak was achieved despite the absence of Australian batsmen Shaun Marsh and Joe Burns because of injuries and the departure of Usman Khawaja for national commitments.

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