Riki Wessels gets hit on helmet during BBL semi-final

Robert Cianflone of Getty Images captures the moment when Riki Wessels of the Sydney Sixers reels backwards after the ball lodges in his helmet during the first semi-final of the Big Bash League (BBL) at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Riki, son of Kepler Wessels, was hit in the helmet in the fourth over of the innings, which was being bowled by Adelaide Strikers’ Kane Richardson.

Riki was seen kissing the helmet after it saved him from getting hit on the face. Other players immediately gathered around him showing concerns.


In November 2014, during the early stages of the Australian Summer, Phil Hughes was felled by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a First-Class match between New South Wales and South Australia in Sydney Cricket Ground. Two days later, Hughes died.

Co-incidentally Hughes played in the BBL for the Strikers and Abbott is the part of the Sixers side.

Riki was later again struck on the helmet in the 10th over, which was bowled by Shaun Tait. Thanks to helmet again!

After 20 overs, Sixers ended with 181 for four.