KOLKATA: 53-year-old Aloke Aich was left blinded in the right eye in Kolkata after he was hit by a six smashed by David Miller during a match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens.
South African batsman, David Miller plays for Kings XI Punjab who accidently hurt the police official and was evidently shaken after the shot and continuously apologized for the unintended harm he had caused.
“The incident and its ramifications have been terrible. I wish this was not true – I am sorry for Mr Aich’s irreversible loss and wish him the best recovery possible,” said the 25-year-old left-handed player.
While the Kolkata Police is bearing the expenses of Aich’s medical treatment, his son is worried that his father might be forced to quit his job following the accident.
“I don’t know what will happen. With his right eye gone, I don’t think he would be able to sit behind the wheel again,” Aich’s son was quoted in a media report.
“Will they keep him in the job or will he be asked to take voluntary retirement? How will we survive if he loses his job? We are a lower middle-class family,
dependent solely on his income,” he added.
After releasing an official statement and apology regarding the incident, David Miller also apologized for the accident on Twitter.
I am still in a state of shock and deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Mr Aich's eye. A freak accident! My prayers are with u.
— David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) May 15, 2015
— Essentially Group (@essentially_grp) May 15, 2015
The young player is certainly the most dangerous in the squad as after this episode on May 9, there was another accident last week at the PCA stadium in Mohali where a 10-year-old boy was hit on the head near the boundary line by him after he smashed a big shot.
The South African star was practicing his shot near the boundary ahead of his match against Chennai Super Kings.
The minor who travelled all the way from Bhopal to see his favourite team playing had to be rushed to the hospital but fortunately, he was released and declared free from danger following his X-ray and other tests.