In a heartbreaking turn of events, a 52-year-old businessman from Bhayandar lost his life while participating in a cricket tournament at Matunga Gymkhana Dadkar ground in Mumbai. The victim, identified as Jayesh Chunnilal Savla, was struck in the head by a cricket ball during the match, leading to his untimely demise.
The incident unfolded around 5 pm on Monday during a tournament organized by the Kutchi community. Multiple matches were simultaneously taking place on the grounds when tragedy struck.
According to police officials, Savla was actively involved in the game, fielding for his team when a ball, hit by a batsman from another match, unexpectedly struck him on the head. The impact left Savla unconscious on the field.
An officer shared, “There were two matches taking place on the same ground at the same time, and while Savla was fielding for his team, a ball that was hit by a batsman from another match suddenly hit him on his head due to which he fell unconscious.”
Immediate efforts were made to rush Savla to a nearby hospital. However, despite the prompt response, he was declared dead before admission. The cause of death was determined to be a head injury, as confirmed by the police.
Senior police inspector Deepak Chavan of Matunga police station stated, “We have registered a case of accidental death report (ADR), and we are probing the matter to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.”
Savla, a businessman by profession, leaves behind a grieving family, survived by his wife and son. The community and cricket enthusiasts alike are mourning the loss of a fellow player, emphasizing the unpredictable nature of accidents even in recreational activities.
As investigations continue, the incident serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of safety measures in sports activities to prevent such unfortunate accidents. The cricket community mourns the loss of Jayesh Chunnilal Savla and extends condolences to his bereaved family.