Cricket is a sport with a long and storied history, dating back hundreds of years. While the game has changed quite a bit over time, one constant has been the danger it poses to those who play it. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the great cricketers who have died while playing the game they loved.
Phillips Hughes (30 November 1988– 27 November 2014)
Phillip Hughes, a young Australian cricketer, died tragically after being hit by a ball during a match. He was only 25 years old.
Phillip Hughes was batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales when he was hit by a ball from Sean Abbott. The ball struck him on the back of the head and he collapsed to the ground Phillip Hughes’ death was a great shock to the cricketing world. His death has left many people mourning his loss.
Raman Lamba (2 January 1960 – 23 February 1998)
Raman Lamba (58) was a former Indian cricketer who died after being hit on the head by a cricket ball during a match in Dhaka.
Lamba was playing for the Abahani Limited cricket team in a Bangladesh Premier League match when he was hit by a ball that was bowled by Bangladeshi player Rubel Hossain. Lamba was not wearing a helmet at the time and sustained serious head injuries. He was immediately rushed to hospital but died three days later.
Raymond van Schoor (23 May 1990– 20 November 2015)
Raymond van Schoor, a 30-year-old South African cricketer, collapsed on the field and died of a heart attack during a match between his team, the Lions, and Warriors in Johannesburg on 12 November 2015.Van Schoor had been suffering from chest pains during the match and had been taken to hospital after collapsing on the field. He was pronounced dead on arrival. The cause of death was later confirmed as a heart attack.
Abdul Aziz (1941- 17 January 1959)
Aziz, a great cricketer who died during matches, was born on the 4th of January in 1951. Abdul Aziz was a right-handed batsman and played as an opening batsman for the Pakistan national cricket team. He also played for Karachi in Pakistan domestic cricket.
Abdul Aziz made his Test debut against England at Lord’s in 1971. He scored a century in his second Test match, against New Zealand at Dunedin in 1972. Abdul Aziz played 41 Test matches for Pakistan and scored 2485 runs at an average of 39.15. He made six centuries and 11 half-centuries in Test cricket.
Abdul Aziz also played 86 One Day International (ODI) matches for Pakistan and scored 2084 runs at an average of 32.16. He made four centuries and 10 half-centuries in ODI cricket.
Darryn Randall (2 December 1980 -27 October 2013)
Darryn Randall was a South African cricketer who died tragically during a match in October 2012. Randall was hit on the head by a ball that rebounded from the pitch and he collapsed immediately. Randall was just 30 years old at the time of his death and had played first-class cricket for both South Africa and England.
Ian Folley (9 January 1963- 30 August 1993)
Ian Folley was a great cricketer who tragically died during a match in 1993.
Folley was a left-handed batsman and played for Lancashire County Cricket Club. He made his debut for Lancashire in 1989 and scored over 1,000 runs in his first season.
Folley was involved in a horrific accident during a match against Durham at Old Trafford in 1993. He collided with wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes and suffered a broken neck. Folley died from his injuries two days later, aged just 24.
Wasim Raja (3 July 1952-23 August 2006)
On 28 August 2006, Pakistani cricketer Wasim Raja died of a heart attack while playing in a charity match in London. Raja was only 54 years old.
Raja was a very successful cricketer, playing for Pakistan in both Test and One Day International matches. He also played county cricket in England for Lancashire and Leicestershire. In total, he played in over 500 first-class matches.
Cricket is a dangerous sport, and there have been many great cricketers who have died during matches. Some of these deaths were due to natural causes, but others were due to injuries sustained while playing. While cricket is a dangerous sport, it is still one of the most popular sports in the world and millions of people enjoy watching and playing it.