Kings XI Punjab’s star batsman David Miller seemed to be completely in state of shock over the recent mishap during an IPL 2015 match as his side played against Kolkata Knight Riders on May 9. In an unfortunate incident, a Kolkata constable Alok Aich got badly hurt after a ball hit for six by Miller struck the poor man’s right eye, resulting in losing the vision of that eye. Miller took to Twitter to express his sadness over the same and also pray for his quick recovery.
Miller wrote, “I am still in a state of shock and deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Mr Aich’s eye. A freak accident! My prayers are with u.”
A statement was also issued by KXIP player, which read – “I heard the news about the life changing injury that Constable Alok Aich sustained after being struck on his right eye, by a cricket ball that I hit in the IPL match against the KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) on 9 May 2015 at Eden Gardens. I wish this was not true! The incident and its ramifications have been terrible. I am sorry for Mr Aich’s irreversible loss and wish him the best recovery possible. My thoughts and prayers will be with Mr. Aich CONSTANTLY – Best Wishes, David Miller”
According to reports, A Kolkata Police constable, Alok Aich was hit by a ball on Saturday and lost his right eye in the accident. KXIP batsman David Miller who hit Andre Russell for a huge six hit straight to Aich, who was on duty at the ‘G’ block of the Eden Gardens. The 53-year-old was immediately rushed to the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) medical centre and was later shifted to a hospital at Alipore.
This was second disappointing freak accident reported in recent times from the Kolkata cricket after 20-year-old Ankit Keshari died in an on-field collision playing a division match. Keshri had collided with his team-mate Sourabh Mondal while attempting a catch and had been rushed to the hospital after he stopped breathing briefly. Though his condition improved, he eventually died of a cardiac arrest.