Young and promising basketball player Akshay Bhosale died during a warm-up session at the BMCC ground on Wednesday morning. Doctors who performed the autopsy reserved their opinion on the exact cause of death.
Deccan Gymkhana police said Bhosale, a resident of Deep Bangla Chowk area, was jogging at Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) Ground on Wednesday morning when he collapsed. Assistant inspector R B Panhale of Deccan Gymkhana police station said, “We have been told he suddenly collapsed while jogging and fell unconscious. Some people present on the ground including a medical professional immediately took him to Joshi Hospital.”
At the hospital, Bhosale was declared dead on arrival.
Dr Vijay Agarwal, an assistant administrator at Joshi Hospital said, “He had no pulse, his pupils were dilated and there was no cardiac activity. It was extremely sad to see such a young patient in this state.”
API Panhale said, “Post mortem was performed at Sassoon Hospital. The doctors reserved opinion on cause of death. The viscera has been preserved for chemical analysis.” A doctor from the forensic science department of Sassoon Hospital said, “We will be able to ascertain the cause only after further examinations. Cardiac arrest and stroke are some of the probable causes.”
Lalit Nahata, joint secretary of the Maharashtra Basketball Association said, “Akshay has been an outstanding player since childhood and has participated in competitions from under-13 to higher age groups. He played at college and club levels in state and national tournaments. It is a great loss for all of us.”
Akshay’s childhood friend and teammate in almost all major tournaments Siddhant Shinde said, “We played together from the age of 10. We played at least 75 tournaments together. We were going to play in same team in a local tournament to be held at Sangvi in a couple of days.”
He added, “He used to gel with everyone, all kinds of people. His jokes, pranks kept the group alive. Even on the ground he was not just a good player but a great teammate.”
Akshay is survived by his father Laxman, a retired government servant, mother Minakshi, and two older brothers Devendra and Mahendra.