A Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) official told Cricbuzz that Indian all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer is fine after taking a hit to the neck during the Duleep Trophy game in Coimbatore on Friday, September 16.
Venkatesh Iyer, who represents the Central Zone in the interzonal competition, hit home with a sixth shot from Chintan Gaja. The next ball, Iyer played it back to the bowler and Gaja picked up the ball and threw it to Iyer angrily, hitting the batsman in the head and Iyer immediately collapsing on the ground. He was also declared retired injured.
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The SUV from Madhya Pradesh was taken to hospital after the incident and was later released after the usual tests. Speaking to Cricbuzz, Iyer stated that he is absolutely fine.
“I was hit below the ear. It was a shock at first, but I am absolutely fine,” Iyer told Cricbuzz from Coimbatore.
When asked if he will be able to play the second inning. He stated:
“I don’t know, I’ve been under 24-hour observation. I’ll have to see how things go.”
He’s fine and back at the team hotel – TNCA official on Venkatesh Iyer
Meanwhile, a TNCA official said the SUV is back at the team hotel and “looking pretty good.”
“He’s fine and back at the team hotel. I’ve talked to him and he’s looking pretty good now,” an official from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), who was on the pitch when the incident occurred, told Cricbuzz on Friday (September 16) night.
“It was a relief that there was no concussion. He didn’t feel dizzy and he looked fine. But he left the field and was treated by the doctors on duty. He came back to bat again. After leaving, he was taken to the Kauvery Hospital in the city and everything seemed normal. It has sounded good,” said the TNCA official, who has since returned to Chennai.
Also read: Duleep Trophy: Ugly scenes when Chintan Gaja hits Venkatesh Iyer in the head and forces him to retreat injured after being hit by a six
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