India vs Australia – Is Cricket getting too dangerous ? The art of bowling bouncer is one of the unique joys in elite long-form cricket. However, a series of misfortunate concussion events with batsmen getting knocked in the head has given rise to a pressing concern- Is Cricket getting too dangerous?
While it will hurt cricket to lose the bouncer, the bouncer is hurting cricket more. In 2014, the world had a brief reality check following Australia’s Phil Hughes’ death and caused a brief moratorium on threatening a batsman’s head, but soon it was business as usual again.
But the need to use bouncers as a shock tactic have started to haunt again, with the ongoing India vs Australia series having already lost 4 players due to head injuries.
Let’s have a look 4 players who have complained of concussion
Is Cricket getting too dangerous – Victim 1 Ravindra Jadeja
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a head concussion after being hit on the head during the first T20 match against Australia off a bouncer from Mitchell Starc. Following the incident, Jadeja was ruled out of the remainder of India’s three-match T20 series and is also in doubt for the upcoming opening Test in Adelaide on Dec 21.
Jadeja was hit on the head while playing a shot in the last over, bowled by speedster Starc. He sustained a concussion, and Thakur has replaced him in the squad.
Is Cricket getting too dangerous – Victim 2 – Will Pucovski
Pucovski was hit on the head by India’s reserve pacer Kartik Tyagi during the day-night practice match at the Drummoyne Oval. Pucovski suffered concussion after getting struck on the helmet late in the match, the ninth concussion he has suffered, which implied a likely Test debut has been put on hold.
As a result, he has been withdrawn from the first Test in Adelaide, starting December 17.
Former Australia opener and A team assistant coach Chris Rogers feels that concussed opener Will Pucovski will have to face his fears with regards the short ball if he wants to be ready for the Boxing Day Test against India in Melbourne.
Is Cricket getting too dangerous – Victim 3 – Cameroon Green
Cameroon Green is the second case of concussion that the Australian squad suffered ahead of the 1st Test match against India next week. Just days after young opening prospect Will Pucovski suffered a head blow in a tour match against the Indians, Cameron Green — the 21-year-old all-rounder — had to walk off the pitch after being hit on the head by a Jasprit Bumrah shot in the follow-through of his bowling action.
Green was subbed out of the tour match between Australia A and the Indians after being struck on the head The incident happened at the SCG during the second session on day one on Friday.
Green could not react in time to a Bumrah straight drive that burst through Green’s hands and hit him on the right side of his head. Non-striker Mohammad Siraj dropped his bat immediately and went on to check on him.
After being examined, Green walked off the field for further assessment
Is Cricket getting too dangerous – Victim 4 – Harry Conway
Australia No.11 Harry Conway is the latest victim of this dangerous trend. Australian cricket’s injury woes continued with medium pacer Harry Conway ruled out of the ongoing pink-ball warm-up match against India after suffering a delayed concussion here.
No. 11 batsman Conway, who was peppered with a barrage of bouncers by the four-pronged Indian pace attack, was hit on head late in the evening of the opening day’s play at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. Mark Steketee was named as Conway’s concussion replacement for the final two days of the game.