The scariest moment on the field of cricket is the one when the batsman gets hit on the helmet off a fast delivery from a pacer. The impact of the same can result in concussion (brain injury caused by a blow to the head). The rule of concussion substitute has been introduced by ICC to ensure that players don't have to continue after any such blow. While many teams have exercised the rule with players like Steve Smith, Liton Das, Nayeem Hasan etc. getting a blow on their head in past, a similar incident took place on Day 4 of the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord's.
A scary blow on the helmet!
It was the 91st over of England's first innings as the score read 215/8 with Rory Burns batting on 89. The left-handed batsman had played a brilliant knock till them but was feeling some pressure in the last 15 minutes before this over by Kyle Jamieson. Having struggled against short-pitch deliveries against Australia last time around, the tall Kiwi pacer decided to treat him with some chin music.
On the third ball of the over, Jamieson bowled a lethal bouncer and Burns looked ready to face that as he tried to smash a pull shot. However, the 30-year-old completely missed his shot and the ball struck the side of his helmet in what was a very scary moment. The physios were out in no time and fortunately the player passed the concussion test and was fit to continue.
Watch Burns' struggles against short-pitch deliveries:
Burns kept his composure and went on to complete his third Test century and his maiden one at Lord's as he got into the famous honours board. The fans would just hope that he doesn't face any delayed concussion and can come back to play for his side in the second innings.