Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar recently tweeted in regard to Australian cricketer Steve Smith’s injury during the Ashes-2019. Smith took a direct hit under the ear at the neck by a bouncer which was bowled by the English bowler Jofra Archer.
The ball hitting him on the neck was a scary reminder of what happened to Phil Hughes back in November 2014. Hughes died of an injury during a domestic test match. After Hughes people have been more concerned about the safety gears of players. This incident surely reminded each one of us about Hughe’s demise back in 2014. Smith is retired hurt and as of now out of danger.
It is evident that the cricketing world is quite careful about such injuries today and Shoaib Akhtar did not wait before slamming Jofra Archer, the bowler concerned about his lack of sportsmanship.
There wasn’t anything wrong in what he said. Despite all the bad blood, players should not be losing humanity on the field. Thankfully Smith did not incur any dangerous blow due to that bouncer and he has been declared fine by the doctors but Archer should have run to Smith’s aid.
Smith has hit two centuries as of now and has been lethal for the English side. Despite being booed and abused on the field, Smith made sure that he did not fall behind and secured his team’s position. The second test has been drawn. Smith will surely be seen on the field during the next match. We wish him speedy recovery.