Chennai, Dec 30: Railways' player Rohan Bhosale was today hospitalised after he was hit in the neck while fielding during their Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu.
According to reports and tweets, the 26-year-old Bhosale was fielding at short-leg and was hit by a shot from Tamil Nadu right-hand batsman R Sathish. However Bhosale is conscious and there is no apparent life threat as the medical tests indicated. Railways skipper Mahesh Rawat narrated the incident.
As Sathish played a sweep shot off left-arm spinner Ashish Yadav, Bhosale turned trying to avoid the ball. However, the ball hit the back of his neck. Bhosale was stretchered off the field from the MA Chidambaram Stadium and taken in an ambulance to a hospital.
Bhosale has played 15 first-class games and is a right-hand batsman. He scored 4 and 23 against Karnataka in his previous Ranji Trophy match.
"It was during the Tamil Nadu's first innings that Rajagopal Sathish hit a full-blooded sweep shot off left-arm spinner Ashish Yadav. Bhosale was fielding at short-leg and he turned in reflex. The ball hit right on the neck region below the helmet. He was a bit dizzy and needed urgent medical attention. He never lost consciousness," Railways captain Rawat told PTI today.
However the seniormost player in the team thanked Tamil Nadu Cricket Association's joint secretary RI Palani for making quick arrangements to rush him to the hospital.
'Under observation for 24 hours'
"I must thank the TNCA for their unbelievable co-operation. Palani sir made arrangements and he was rushed to the nearby Apollo hospital. We will be paying him a visit in the evening but I have been informed that all his MRI reports are fine and there is nithing to worry. As a precautionary measure, he will be kept under observation for 24 hours. As far as batting is concerned, I am not very sure," Rawat said.
Post Phillip Hughes's on-field death, it's been a scary situation as any on-field injury is creating a bit of panic. During the last round, it was an Abhimanyu Mithun bouncer that saw Manoj Tiwary's helmet being badly damaged and the player was taken for a precautionary MRI.