Kiwis cricketer succumbed to death during the match
In heartbreaking news, New Zealand cricketer by the name of Hareesh Gangadharan incident, collapsed during the game on Saturday (February 2) and fell unconscious and then died on the field.
Hareesh was a member of Green Island Cricket Club’s Second Grade team and the unfortunate incident happened around 4 PM at the Sunnyvale Sports Centre, Main South Road in Green Island. He is an Indian origin. He plied his trade in a team mostly comprising Indian players.
The club president John Moyle also confirmed in a statement about Hareesh’s death. He added that the team is also in deep shock after the incident and went on to say that despite all such efforts made by the medical staff, the cricketer of the Indian origin drew his last breath.
“I am heartbroken to confirm the news of the very sudden death of our Green Island Cricket Club member while playing yesterday at Sunnyvale. Hareesh Gangadharan suffered a medical event and despite all efforts by teammates, the public and emergency services he could not be saved,” he added.
Hareesh fell unconscious after bowling just two overs
As per the report in Otago Daily Times, the eyewitnesses told that Hareesh Gangadharan collapsed while walking away after bowling only the second over of his spell. He also complained of ‘struggling to breathe’ and in the process, he eventually lost consciousness. In addition to that, his shocked teammates also said that the cricketers never had any problems as he was fit as a fiddle and a healthy man.
“Early indications are that the player has had a heart attack. It is tragic. Everyone is shattered, both at the club and Otago Cricket. Our hearts go out to his family,” New Zealand Cricket’s manager of public affairs Richard Boock added in a statement. Gangadharan plied his trade for his club for like five or six seasons. He has left behind his wife named Nisha Hareesh and their daughter Gowri (3 years). Hareesh Gangadharan will truly be missed!