Australian team’s practice session came to a temporary halt after a net bowler of Indian origin was hit on the head by a cracking drive from David Warner on the eve of their World Cup game against India. It was during the end of the second hour when Jaykishan Plaha, a British fast bowler of Indian origin was hit on the head trying to stop Warner’s shot.

Jaykishan winced in pain before collapsing to the ground and the medical staff was rushed onto the field. To everyone’s relief, the player was responding as the entire Australian team stopped their session. A concerned Warner sat beside the player and subsequently called off his net session.

The Australian team’s support staff along with local staff then helped him to be stretchered off the ground and was taken to a nearby medical facility. “I have got a hit on the head. I am doing fine. My name is Jaykishan and I am a fast bowler,” the player said before being taken into the ambulance.

It is expected that he would be under observation for a minimum of 24 hours since he sustained an injury on the head. “From Surrey medical facility, he has now been taken to hospital for precautionary measures. He was conscious when he was taken to the hospital. We will provide further updates when available,” ICC venue manager Michael Gibson informed the media.

Looking to defend their title, Aaron Finch-led Australia have won both of their games at the World Cup. Skipper Finch said Warner was “shaken up” by the incident.

“Dave is obviously pretty shaken up. The young guy (Plaha) is in pretty good spirits at the moment. He has obviously been taken to the hospital to be assessed that everything is OK,” added Aussie skipper.

(With Agency Inputs)