The Karnataka cricket team boarded the flight to Surat with happy memories of India’s win over Tripura in the Ranji Trophy. Mayank Agarwal’s team will take on the Railway team in the fifth round of the tournament from next Friday. But due to an unexpected incident in the plane, the entire team had to cancel the journey midway.
Mayank, the captain of the team, suddenly fell ill in mid-air after drinking airplane water on Tuesday evening. Later he was admitted to a local hospital. Hospital authorities said the 32-year-old Indian cricketer’s condition is stable.
According to Indian media reports, Agarwal drank soft drinks during the flight. Since then he started feeling severe burning sensation in his throat and stomach. The Karnataka skipper started vomiting in severe discomfort. Agarwal was taken off the plane and rushed to the emergency department of a hospital. The entire Karnataka team canceled their journey yesterday due to the captain’s condition.
Agarwal has been admitted to ILH Hospital. Hospital authorities said Mayank has been kept under observation and his condition is stable. Referring to the Karnataka captain’s throat-stomach irritation and swelling of the lips, the hospital authorities also said that the Karnataka captain has been kept under round-the-clock observation.
Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president told cricket website Cricbuzz that Mayank is safe. The Karnataka captain is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. Then he will catch a flight to Bangalore. The Karnataka president said the next decision regarding Mayank will be taken on the advice of local doctors in Bengaluru. The team hopes that their captain will return to the field soon.
The Karnataka coach has already lodged a complaint with the Tripura police on Mayank’s behalf to investigate the matter. West Tripura Superintendent of Police Kiran Kumar has received the written complaint and assured a speedy investigation.
Kiran Kumar told news agency PTI, ‘While on the plane, Mayank saw a bottle in front of him and thought it was water and drank it. He then started experiencing severe burning and swelling of the lips. But currently his condition is stable. Their coach made a complaint. We have received the complaint and the matter will be investigated seriously.’
Several tests were conducted to monitor Mayankak’s condition. After being discharged from the hospital, he will return to Bangalore for further tests. Because of this, the 32-year-old captain will not play in the next Ranji Trophy match.