During the recent Kolkata Knight Riders home match at the Eden Gardens against Kings XI Punjab, a terrible incident took place. 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.
A late 11-ball 27 run unbeaten blitz from David Miller against KKR did not help the side in the results but it marred the constable, who is a driver of the deputy commissioner of 5th battalion of Kolkata Police Debasish Sarkar. 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 is 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.
Cricket continues to be going through a torrid phase in terms of the increase in the mishappenings and injuries reported. If the players and umpires are continuously under the threat of being victim of any miscued shots, the cheering spectators in the ground are also no less prone.