[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ricket is often associated with brutalities or injuries on the field. While some cricketers have lost their life on the field, there have been others who have been seriously injured on the ground.
The history of cricketers also has a lot of brave warriors who have escaped deaths and major life threats overcoming them by the power of their will. Here is a list of such cricketers who escaped death.
Yuvraj Singh – Lung Cancer:
Just after becoming India’s hero in the World Cup winning campaign in 2011, it emerged that Yuvraj Singh was battling with cancer. Yuvraj had respiratory difficulties throughout 2011 and in May after the World Cup, he withdrew from the ODI series in the West Indies due to the illness. His issues began with breathing difficulties, nausea and bouts of vomiting blood before India’s successful run through the 2011 World Cup, which he ended as the player of the tournament. He was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor stage-1 in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, USA as well as the Indiana University Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was cared for by famed oncologist Dr. Lawrence Einhorn. The cricketer beat the disease and made a remarkable comeback to the national squad.
Wasim Akram – Attacked by Gunman:
Pakistani cricket legend Wasim Akram escaped unhurt when a gunman opened fire at his car in Karachi after a traffic collision, the player said. Akram, one of the best left-arm fast bowlers to ever play the game, was on his way to coach at a training camp at the city’s National Stadium when the incident happened. “A car hit mine, I stopped him and then this guy stepped out and fired at my car,” quoted Akram after the incident. However, he had a close shave as the matter was soon sorted out by the officials.
Andrew Flintoff – Drowning in the Caribbean:
During the 2007 World Cup, Andrew Flintoff got drunk with some of his teammates before an important game. Flintoff, who was known for his binge drinking escapades, had nearly drowned when the boat carrying them capsized. In a 2014 episode of 8 out of 10 cats, he claimed that he was attempting to sail home in a pedalo. He stated that he awoke on a beach – the worst place he had ever slept. He lost his position as vice-captain in the World Cup and was fined, but remained as a member of the team. This incident was later called as the ‘Fredalo’ incident.
Michael Clarke – Skin Cancer:
In the year 2006, former Australian captain, Michael Clarke had a near escape with the deadly disease of cancer. Australia, a country which is prone to skin cancer, had found its way to Michael Clarke too. Two patches on Clarke’s face were found to be affected by cancerous tissues. The Aussie then had to undergo the treatment. There were no further problems after the treatment, but the Pup since then started donning the cropped hair look and also started wearing the round hats to protect his face a bit more.
Muttiah Muralitharan – Tsunami:
A devastating Tsunami hit the coast of the Indian subcontinent and took many lives particularly in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu (India). While the Indian cricketers were largely safe during nature’s attack, one of the Sri Lankan player, Muttiah Muralitharan, had a close shave with the waves. The worst affected area in Sri Lanka was Galle, where even the cricket ground got washed away. Murali was lucky to have escaped the waves as he was supposed to attend a children’s charity function at Galle. Muralitharan, accompanied by his brother, mother and fiancee, were on the way to Galle when they were asked to turn and head back to Colombo as the waves began to rise. But 50 children who were travelling by bus to attend the charity function were washed away into the sea and are presumed dead.