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Despite being deadly sometimes, why bouncers are an essential part of the cricket
A friend of mine commented on Facebook that because of the unfortunate and sad demise of Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes after being hit by a bouncer on his head, shouldn't the bouncer be banned out rightly. Frankly speaking, from emotional point of view every act that can take human life should be banned.

There were eras when sport means a definite death to the loser. Any how the civilization progressed and lot of human rights at least in democracies restored. We in fact are better human now-a-days than our preceding generations.

Cricket is known as gentlemen's game. It's not called gentlemen's game just because all players show humbleness while in public view. Rather the game is gentlemen's game because all stakeholders of the game have equal liability, credit and responsibility. The game can be divided in to three broad categories that are batting, bowling and fielding. Every section has the equal rights.

When for batting Bradman, Viv Richards, Gavaskar, Border were considered as legends, at the same time Marshal, Roberts, Garner, Holdings, Patterson, Lily, Thompson were equally considered as legends. Fielders like Rhodes, Kalicharan, Logy, Kaif, Yuvaraj always considered stars in limited over matches.

The present day restrictions on bowlers have already made the game more batsmen friendly. If bouncers are banned because of Hughes' death then the game would be heavily polarized in the favor of batsmen who may damage the game. Instead of banning the bouncers it would be better to ban the game of Cricket!

Interestingly when people start to compare between Gavaskar and Tendulkar, they had to restrain. Because Gavaskar faced the fastest bowlers without a helmet whereas Tendulkar slammed the present day bowlers with limitation of bowling plus helmet which was mandatory!

Point is simple we can't make the game of cricket vulnerable in batsmen's interest! Gentlemen's game always give equal importance to all aspects of the game. Thus I recommend for restoration of safety provisions. At the same time I want the game to be played in its original form.

The following is some information collected through Internet for everybody's interest.

2014- Phillip Hughes:  He just wanted to pull off Sean Abbott's short-pitch ball (a bouncer)! He was hit at his back head, went into coma on the field itself and later succumbed to his injury despite all efforts from the doctors.

2013- Darryn Randall: This wicket-keeper batsman in a domestic match in South Africa tried to pull a short-pitched ball, got hit on his head, fell unconscious in the crease. He was rushed to hospital but declared 'brought dead'.

2013-Zulfiqar Bhatti: A 22-year-old club cricketer, died after being hit on the chest while batting during the Begum Khursheed Memorial T20 tournament in Sukkur, a district in Pakistan's Sindh province.

2012- Richard Beaumont: In this club match Beaumont took five wickets. He just got a heart attack during celebrations. He was taken to hospital by air-ambulance but declared 'brought dead'.  

2009- Alcwyn Jenkins: He was hit on the head by a throw from a fielder. He was rushed to hospital where he was declared 'brought dead'!

2006- Wasim Raja: Pakistani cricketer Wasim Raja died of a heart attack when playing for Surrey in Buckinghamshire.

1998- Raman Lamba: The Indian Indian player was hit on the head while fielding at the position of forward short-leg during a club match in Dhaka. He went into coma three days later, before being pronounced dead.

1993-Ian Folley- Folley was hit by the ball below the eye accidentally while batting in a domestic match for Derbyshire against Workington and suffered a fatal heart attack in the hospital.

1989- Wilf Slack- Slack collapsed and died during a domestic match in Banjul, Gambia. He had suffered four blackouts in previous matches, but despite carrying out tests, doctors were unable to diagnose the cause of his death.

1959- Abdul Aziz- Aziz was hit on the chest while batting in a domestic match in Karachi and was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

1942- Andy Ducat- The England test player (former) Ducat suffered a heart attack during a game at Lord's, where he collapses and died.

1870- George Summers- Summers was struck on the head while batting for Nottinghamshire against the MCC at Lord's. He didn't treat his injury and returned home only to die from its effects four days later.

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