Injuries are part and parcel of the game, however, same cannot be said about ‘self-inflicted’ injuries. Just recently we heard about South African opening batsman Aiden Markram being ruled out of the third Test against India due to a fracture in his wrist bones. His injury was a self-inflicted one as he lashed out at a solid object in frustration after his dismissal. The incident occurred just few days after Australia’s Mitchell Marsh was involved in a similar incident as he fractured his right-hand finger while punching the dressing room wall.
On the backdrop of the recent injuries, let’s take a look at 5 famous cricketers with self-inflicted injuries from the past.
The England opening batsman was forced to sit out for a match during 2018’s T20 Blast tournament. After his dismissal in a game against Hampshire, the right-handed batsman threw his bat in frustration which bounced back and struck his face.
The South African wicketkeeper-batsman was ruled out of the playing XI for the third Test against England in 2016. Before the match, de Kock injured his knee as he fell down while walking his dogs. He was replaced by Dane Vilas who arrived at the venue an hour after the game commenced.
Before West Indies tour of South Africa in 1998-99 could even begin, one of the primary mainstay of their batting line-up, Jimmy Adams, injured his hand while cutting a bread roll. The incident occurred on their flight to Johannesburg. The tour went ahead but the visitors lost the series 5-0.
England’s star all-rounder, Ben Stokes broke his hand while dishing out his frustration on a dressing room locker. His injury ruled him out of the World T20 in Bangladesh where England lost three out of their four Super 10 matches.
George Garton was originally selected in England Lions’ squad that toured West Indies in 2018. While he was racing against time to catch the connecting flight from Los Angeles, he suffered a side strain which resulted in him missing the entire tour. He also had to miss out on the majority of the following English domestic season.