'Similar injury' 52 years ago

More than five decades after his near-fatal head injury in the Caribbean, former India captain Nari Contractor could not believe Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes lost his life despite wearing a helmet.

The left-handed Contractor was stuck on the skull by a Charlie Griffith bouncer in a practice match against Barbados during India's tour of the West Indies in 1962.

The injury during the pre-helmet era left him unconscious for days and he miraculously survived after multiple operations and blood transfusions. But he could never represent India again.

"This is so unfortunate. I never thought something like this could happen," Contractor, 80, said yesterday.

"With the advent of helmets, I never imagined a batsman could be injured so seriously."

Many found the nature of Hughes' injury similar and Contractor, who played 31 Tests for India, said his phone had not stopped ringing over the last couple of days. - Reuters.