The importance of protective gears must be instilled in young cricketers

Indian player Raman Lamba’s death was the first and the only instance when a cricketer died due to an on-field injury in a first-class game

Raman Lamba represented the Indian team in four Test matches and 32 One-Day Internationals. He will be remembered for his performances in an ODI series against Australia in 1986-87 where he scored a hundred and two fifties. He was awarded Man of the Series for his outstanding contribution.

 

With an average over 53 in first-class cricket, Lamba was considered a heavyweight in domestic cricket. Sadly, he succumbed to head injuries he suffered while fielding at short-leg in a first-class game in Bangladesh. He was just 38.

 

His death was the first and the only instance when a cricketer died due to an on-field injury in a first-class game. He died in Post Graduate Hospital in Dhaka in Bangladesh after being hit on forehead by a pull stroke by batsman Mehrab Hossain while fielding at forward short-leg during a Premier Division cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

Tenacious efforts by neurosurgeons couldn’t suffice as the Indian cricketer succumbed to injury, and eventually lost his breath in the hospital third day after the injury.

 

Cricket is a safe game, unless played with protective gear. Unfortunately, Indian cricket lost one of its devoted servants due to lack of protection. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and other cricket administrations all over the world should educate young cricketers at an early age about the importance of protection in cricket to ensure such tragic events are not seen on a cricket field again. It makes eminent sense to stay protected.