Bengal cricketer Writam Porel got hit by the ball on his neck © Getty Images
Bengal cricketer Writam Porel got hit by the ball on his neck © Getty Images

Bengal cricketer Writam Porel narrowly escaped a major accident on the Christmas evening as he got injured during a club match. The left-hand batsman was representing East Bengal club who were up against Bhawanipore Club in the final match of A N Ghosh Memorial Trophy 2015-16. The match took place in the prestigious Eden Gardens. Porel was fielding at short leg while Prinan Dutta hit the ball hard and it went straight to hit Porel at his neck. The fielder initially collapsed after being hit but later on managed to gain his strength to stand up and walk off the field.

Porel, who has represented Bengal in 10 first class games so far, was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where an MRI scan had been done. Though the reports were satisfactory and the cricketer is known to be out of danger, he has not been released by the hospital authority for further medical tests and treatments to assure safety.

The incident evoked the memoirs of the recent disheartening incident of cricketer Ankit Keshri who succumbed to a similar on field injury. Keshari’s family had alleged the authorizations of medical negligence for the loss of the cricketer’s life while, notably, the medical staff was much more active in the current case. An ambulance was present outside the ground and Porel was taken to get medical assistance instantly.

Earlier this year, cricketer Ankit Keshari got injured due to an on field collision with team mate Sourabh Mondal while fielding. Coincidentally, that match was also between the two teams East Bengal and Bhawanipore and was taken to the same hospital as Porel but could not survive.