Vidarbha all-rounder Aditya Sarwate suffers head injury scare after being hit by a bouncer
Sarwate then showed grit to resume his innings in the 133rd over.
Updated - Nov 10, 2017 11:40 pm
27-year-old domestic cricketer Aditya Sarwate, who is representing Vidarbha in their ongoing Ranji Trophy fixture against Bengal survived a deadly head injury scare earlier today. The all-rounder was on the crease batting at 60 when he was hit by a lethal bouncer during his side’s Group D Ranji Trophy match at the Bengal Cricket Academy Ground in Kalyani.
Sarwate was looking in sublime form as he aced to his third first-class half-century, before getting untimely hit. A rising delivery from debutant pacer Ishan Porel hit the batsman, forcing him to leave the field for some time. The number seven batsman tried to pull the 19-year-old Bengal pacer who is playing his debut game on the second delivery of the 122nd over but missed it as the ball struck the right side of his helmet.
Immediately after the impact, Sarwate fell at the crease as Bengal team members rushed before he was attended by the support staff. He tried to walk it off and resumed batting but, after facing three balls, he felt dizzy and was taken off the ground.
A Vidarbha team official later clarified after the second day’s proceedings that, “He’s fine and there’s nothing serious.”
Vidarbha finished the day’s play with 499 on the scoreboard after Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary won the toss and elected to field first. At stumps on Day 2, Bengal were 89/3 with skipper Tiwary batting on 36 and Koushik Ghosh batting on 1.
Rajneesh Gurbani came to face the last ball of that fateful over as Sarwate was being attended in the dressing room. Gurbani fell for 4 and Vidarbha lost two more wickets in top-scorer Sanjay Ramaswamy (182) and Akshay Wakhare (12). Sarwate then showed grit to resume his innings in the 133rd over. He was eventually dismissed for 89 by Porel after he was caught behind the wicket by India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.