Chris Rogers' stay in the short-leg position was a short one     Getty Images
Chris Rogers’ stay in the short-leg position was a short one Getty Images

Former Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers in his autobiography Bucking The Trend writes that he feared that he would die after being hit on the head, fielding at the short-leg position. The 2014-15 series between India and Australia was an emotional for the entire cricket fraternity as it began days after the passing away of Phillip Hughes. Australia after just edging out India in the first Test at Adelaide, moved on to the second Test at Brisbane. Rogers recalls that he was stationed at short-leg and Rohit Sharma swept the ball with all his might and the ball hit Rogers on the head just inches away from where Hughes was struck.

“The inevitable happened at the Gabba and once again the batsman was Rohit Sharma. He got every bit of a sweep and hit it uppishly. I was predicting what was coming and once again swiveled trying to present a smaller target. However my technique in doing this was terrible, and all I managed to do was present my back. The ball struck me flush on the back of the helmet, inches from where Phillip had been hit,” Rogers stated in his book, according to sportskeeda.com. Rogers said that he could not think of anything after being struck after team doctor Peter Brucknor rushed to the field. He has no mempry of the conversation he had with Brucknor. Rogers later asked Brucknor for details. He wrote, “I have no recollection of this, but Peter later said that I said to him Doc, I don’t want to die. ”

Rogers recently retired from First-Class cricket after nearly English side Somerset to their maiden County Championship title this season.