Indian-origin club cricketer died on field in New Zealand

BIPIN DANI. Dated: 2/7/2019 11:43:37 PM

MUMBAI, Feb 7: There have been few instances of cricketers losing their lives on field of play.
One such incident happened in New Zealand on Saturday when India-origin (Kochi-born) club cricketer, Hareesh Gangadharan passed away at the young age of 33 on field of play.
The 33-year-old all-rounder, while playing for the Green Island Cricket Club lost his life not because of any injury but due to the cardiac arrest.
"He will deeply be missed by his wife (Nisha), 3-year-old daughter (Gauri), teammates and those in the club who knew him well", Jeremy Scott
GICC Secretary, speaking exclusively over telephone from New Zealand, said.
"Hareesh was a talented opening / top order batsman. He could make batting look ridiculously easy, capable of smashing bowlers around the park or elegantly placing the ball through the field for runs", "He bowled medium pace swing, proving a difficult customer to get away".
"Hareesh mainly played second grade for the Green Island Cricket Club in Dunedin. He made his Senior debut in 2016-17. Player #275 to do this for Green Island".
"He really found his niche in the last 2 seasons as co-founder of the GI Superchunkzzz team. A team of Indian mates playing together in NZ".
"A polite, hard-working family man who commanded respect with his gentle, encouraging nature. He will deeply missed by his wife, daughter, teammates and those in the club who knew him well", Scott concluded.
Later, speaking exclusively, his wife Nisha said, "He was healthy and very active, no health issues".
"He had a sore chest and collapsed after bowling. They tried CPR and used a defibrillator".
Members of the Indian cricket team, now in New Zealand, may have read the news in media. Sadly, no condolence message is sent to the family.



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