There are questions being asked regarding the safety of players in modern cricket. One issue that has caused concern is the bowling of bouncers. The bouncer is arguably one of the most lethal weapons of a bowler if used correctly.
After the death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, there were protests from fans worldwide to safeguard batsmen. However, as usual, everything was back to normal, and no action followed suit. A strong example is an ongoing series between India and Australia. 4 players are out of the Test series due to head injuries. Here we list 4 such players who have incurred a concussion and were part of the India-Australia series:
1. Ravindra Jadeja
Jadeja incurred a concussion in India’s 1st T20I match against Australia. Australian bowler Mitchell Starc’s bouncer hit Jadeja on the head. Prior to this, Jadeja was ruled out of the T20I series. He is also doubtful for the upcoming Test Series against Australia. For the time being, Shardul Thakur has replaced Jadeja in the squad.
2. Will Pucovski
In the day-night practice game at the Drummoyne Oval, Will Pucovski got struck on the head by reserve bowler Kartik Tyagi’s delivery. This is the 9th concussion that Pucovksi has incurred. Due to this, his Test debut is on hold as of now. As things stand, he will not be a part of the Australian squad to face India in the 1st Test. Former Australian opener Chris Rogers believes that Pucovksi has to learn to play the short ball if he wants to make his Test debut against India.
3. Cameron Green
Cameron Green is another player who has been a victim of concussion. The 21-years-old Australian cricket player got hit on the head by Jasprit Bumrah’s shot. Eventually, Green was unable to continue and was eventually subbed. This unfortunate incident took place at the SCG on 11th December. Bumrah’s straight drive shot instantly hit Green on the head following his bowling action. The bowler got no time to react as he was walked off the field for further assessment of the situation.
4. Harry Conway
Australia’s medium pace bowler Harry Conway is the latest victim of the concussion. On 11th December, Harry Conway got hit on the head in the evening of the 1st day of the practice match at SCG. In his place, Australia brought in Mark Steketee as his replacement for the last 2 days of the cricket match. Conway joins Pucovski and Green in Australia’s woeful list of players who are out with a concussion.