Cricket: Young player dies in Kolkata after fielding collision

MUMBAI (REUTERS) - Tragedy struck Indian cricket on Monday, when a 20-year-old player died as a result of a freakish on-field collision with a team-mate during a club match in the eastern city of Kolkata.

Four months after Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes died after being hit by a bouncer, Ankit Keshri, a former captain for his state's under-19 team, battled for three days before succumbing to his injuries in a Kolkata hospital.

"It's so unfortunate. He was such a promising cricketer and for him to pass away in such a manner is difficult to swallow," Subir Ganguly, the joint secretary of the state's cricket association, told Reuters.

Keshri, a right-handed batsman and leg-spinner, came on as a substitute fielder for his club and collided with a team-mate as both players went for a high catch.

He briefly lost consciousness but was resuscitated by a team-mate, following which, he was rushed to hospital.

According to doctors, Keshri's condition was stable but he suffered a cardiac arrest around midnight on Sunday and died early on Monday morning, officials of the state association said.

In November, Hughes died at the age of 25, two days after he was struck in the neck during a domestic match by a bouncer with the incident sparking a massive outpouring of grief across the world.