Agarwal hospitalised after being hit on head

Hyderabad’s Tanmay Agarwal was rushed to a hospital after being struck on the head while fielding at forward short-leg during a Ranji Trophy Group C match at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium on Wednesday.

Tanmay Agarwal being stretchered off the field after being hit on the head while fielding during a Ranji Trophy match in Valsad.   -  Special Arrangment

Hyderabad’s Tanmay Agarwal was rushed to a hospital after being struck on the head while fielding at forward short-leg but returned to bat later in the day during its Ranji Trophy Group C match at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium on Wednesday.

The incident occurred minutes before lunch, when Chhattisgarh wicketkeeper Manoj Singh’s pull off left-arm spinner Mehdi Hasan smashed straight into Agarwal’s helmet. While he turned around and dived for completing the catch, immediately after the ball landed on the ground did Agarwal lie on the floor.

Despite being conscious, Agarwal felt dizziness in his head. A stretcher was called for right away by umpires Amiesh Saheba and Umesh Dubey. After conducting preliminary examinations, the medical staff at the stadium advised him be taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure. He was then stretchered off into the ambulance.

Although Agarwal was stable, he underwent a precautionary scan. As a result, Benjamin Thomas walked out to open with Akshath Reddy in Agarwal’s place. With Hyderabad losing wickets in a heap, Agarwal joined his team-mates soon afterwards and walked out to bat at No. 5. He got a peach of a delivery from Pankaj Rao, which crashed into the middle-stump even before Agarwal had opened his account in Hyderabad’s second innings.