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Sachin, Kumble, Shah Rukh, mourn Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri's 'unfortunate' demise

Kolkata, Apr 20: India's cricketing legends Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble mourned the death of Bengal's Under-19 cricket captain Ankit Keshri, who was seriously injured while fielding in a match.

20-year-old Ankit passed way in a hospital here on Monday after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest.

Little Master Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to express his shock over 20-year-old cricketer's tragic demise.

"Saddened by the demise of Ankit Keshri. A promising career aborted by an unfortunate incident on field," tweeted Sachin.

Sachin also prayed for the family of the deceased cricketer.

Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble too condoled Ankit's death in the on-field injury.

Kumble wrote on his Twitter handle, "Sad news of a young promising cricketer Ankit losing his life on field of play. May God give strength to loved ones to bear this loss!"

Bollywood star and co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders franchise, Shah Rukh Khan too condoled the West Bengal U-19 captain's death.

SRK tweeted, "Too young to go...extremely unfortunate & sad. Condolences & prayers for Ankit Keshri & his family. May Allah bless his soul. R.I.P."

Ankit's death is second tragic on-field incident after Phillip Hughes' death last November. Ankit Keshri passed away owing to an injury sustained during a Cricket Association of Bengal's Senior one-day knock-out match on April 17.

Keshri was in hospital for the past three days and was showing signs of recovery till yesterday evening when he was given oral food.

However, in the early hours of this morning, Keshri suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was put on ventilator before he was declared dead.

The 20-year-old, a talented right-hander, had captained the Bengal U-19 team in Cooch Behar Trophy and was in the 30-member India U-19 probables list for the 2014 Colts World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

He was also playing for Bengal A (U-23 side) in CK Nayudu national Championship.

After colliding with Mondal, blood spurted out of his mouth as he fell unconscious. Former Bengal spinner Shivsagar Singh and batsman Anustup Majumdar rushed to attend him.

Shiv Sagar, in fact, tried the mouth to mouth resuscitation by giving him CPR (Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation) after which he started breathing again. He was then taken to the Nightingale nursing home.

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Story first published: Monday, April 20, 2015, 17:47 [IST]
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