|Cricketers and their off-field incidents.|
|by Gulu Ezekiel|
|Jan 07, 2006|
Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya was reported to
have dislocated his shoulder in New Zealand after
slipping in the bathroom while reaching for the
But his is not the first freak injury that has
befallen a cricketer. Here are glimpses of others from
the past, some comical, some serious and one deadly.
Ian Redpath: The Australian opening batsman was an
occasional medium-pacer. Playing a warm-up match
against the West Indians before the first season of
World Series Cricket in 1977, he leapt to celebrate
the wicket of Clive Lloyd. But in the process he tore
his tendons and spent the rest of the season on
Glenn McGrath: The entire Ashes series may have turned
on the Australian opening bowler missing out on the
second Test at Edgbaston. With minutes to go for the
toss, he trod on a cricket ball and injured his ankle
during a training session of rugby. England won by 2
runs. They also won the fourth Test at Trent Bridge
where McGrath was again missing through injury.
Graeme Welch: The Derbyshire all-rounder suffered a
freak eye injury on the way to a county match in 2004.
He and his son were imitating John Travolta's dance
moves while listening to the car radio. Welch's young
son jabbed him in the eye, temporarily blinding him
and forcing him off the road. He had to miss the
county match as a result.
William Wilfrid Whysall: The England wicket-keeper who
played four Test matches in the 1920s suffered a more
tragic fate. Known as 'Dodger', he lost his life at
the age of 43 a fortnight after falling on a dance
floor and injuring his elbow. Septicaemia set in and
although a blood transfusion was performed, he passed
Vivek Razdan: The Indian medium pacer suffered an
injury in the most innocent of circumstances while
training at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai in
1985. As he was posting a letter, his hand got caught
in the box and the result was a broken finger.
Fanie de Villiers: The South African all-rounder had a
near-death experience in 1990, before he had appeared
in a Test match. While preparing the pitch for his
army team, a vat of unbleached lime exploded in a
chemical reaction with boiling water. For weeks he was
blinded and came out of hospital after weeks of
Gary Gilmour: The Australian all-rounder of the 70s
was lucky to get away scot-free after turning his arm
over in a hotel room, practicing his bowling action.
He got his hand caught in the blades of the ceiling
fan, but managed to get himself free before any
serious damage was done.
Fred Titmus: England's off spinner lost four toes
after swimming too close to the rotors of a motor boat
during England's tour of the West Indies in 1968. He
came back to play Test cricket till 1975 at the age of
Graeme Smith: The night before the second Test at the
Eden Gardens in October 2004, the South African
captain had a narrow escape when a car ran over his
foot outside the doors of the team hotel in Kolkata.
Intense treatment all night allowed him to play in the
match the next morning. He scored 0 and 71 and South
Africa lost by eight wickets.