Duleep Trophy: Venkatesh Iyer ‘fine’ after being hit in the neck by a wild toss

Coimbatore: Indian all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer, who was hit on the neck by a wild pitch during the Duleep Prize match on Friday, is fine and has been discharged from the emergency clinic.

In the post-lunch meeting, Iyer, who is addressing the Focal Zone, opened his record six by West Zone seamer Chintan Gaja. In the next ball, he secured it back to Gaj, who threw it back to Iyer out of spite, sending the city scrambling around the neck.

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The 27-year-old quickly fell to the ground, causing a tense and uncomfortable few minutes at the SNR School Cricket Ground with the job specialist racing to the field. The rescue vehicle appeared in the middle of the ground and the cot was also outside. Nevertheless, the all-rounder decided to leave the field and resigned injured.

After that, Iyer returned to the ground and was excused by Tanush Kotian on the 14th.

“He is good and is back at the team. I have contacted him and he is looking very healthy now,” a Tamil Nadu Cricket Affiliation (TNCA) official, who was present when the episode took place, told Cricbuzz.

“It helped that there was no blackout. He didn’t feel dizzy and looked fine. In any case, he walked off the field and was attended to by the working specialists.

He came back to bat once more. After getting out, he was taken to the Kauvery Clinic Medical in town and everything looked typical. It sounded good,” the official added. Iyer, who played two ODIs and nine T20Is, was beyond the approval of the selectors.

“I got hit under the ear. It was a shock initially but I am completely fine,” said the KKR all-rounder.Asked if he would actually want to play the following innings, he said: “I haven’t the foggiest idea, I’ve been kept under 24-hour surveillance. I should see how things go.”


Iyer, who was also part of the Indian crew for a brief period, opened his record in the 2022 Duleep Prize competition against West Zone on Day 2 when he hit the bowling of Chintan Gaj for a six over medium pace. He bowled the next ball back to Gaj who threw it back to Iyer and the player was all flustered.

An ambulance appeared in the middle of the ground and the cot was also outside, but the 27-year-old decided to leave the pitch.

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