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18-year-old cricketer Satyajit Pradhan passes away after collapsing on the pitch

Police officials have identified the deceased as Satyajit Pradhan and said that he could have died of a possible cardiac arrest

In a shocking turn of events, 18-year-old cricketer Satyajit Pradhan collapsed and died of a possible cardiac arrest during a local cricket match at Kendrapara Autonomous College ground in Odisha’s Kendrapara district on Monday, the PTI reported.

The deceased has been identified as Satyajit Pradhan, a plus-two student of Derabish college by the police. The incident happened when Pradhan, who was at the non-striker’s suddenly collapsed while trying to run for a single, putting everyone around in bemusement.

He was soon rushed to the district headquarters hospital, however, could not be saved as the doctors announced him brought dead. The police officials have said that Pradhan could have died of a heart attack and a case of unnatural death has been registered in this regard.

Satyajit Pradhan
An 18-year-old cricketer collapsed and died of a possible cardiac arrest during a local cricket match in Odisha’s Kendrapara district on Monday.

The police later informed that a post-mortem would be conducted on Tuesday to know the exact cause of his death.

Nothing new in cricket

Cricketer’s dying on the pitch while playing is not something new in cricket. According to sources, Englishman Jasper Vinall was the first known cricketer to have died on the pitch.

Vinall seems to have been accidentally struck on the forehead with a cricket bat during a game at Horsted Keynes on August 28, 1624, and succumbed to his injury thirteen days later. Since then numerous cricketers around the globe have lost their life due to due on-field injuries and unknown causes.

One of the recent events which gripped the cricketing fans and community around the world was the tragic death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes. Hughes passed away in 2014 after a bouncer from Sean Abbott hit him on the back of his head.

Phillip Hughes of South Australia is helped by New South Wales players after falling to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014. (Getty Images)

Hughes’ untimely demise was a wakeup call for the cricketing body, who later compelled and asked for more protection in the cricket helmets. Since then, cricketers have been wearing more protective gear and safer helmets to avoid such incidents.     

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