IND v NZ: Two cricket fans die during India vs New Zealand World Cup thriller

IND v NZ: Two cricket fans die during India vs New Zealand World Cup thriller

In two different incidents, two cricket fans suffered heart attacks after watching India lose to New Zealand on Wednesday.

MS Dhoni wicket
MS Dhoni’s wicket was the turning point and heartbreak for millions of cricket fans.

Two cricket fans have died watching high-intensity India vs New Zealand semifinal match on Wednesday in two separate incidents.

A cricket fan in Bihar’s Kishanganj district died of a heart attack while watching the match on Wednesday. Ashok Paswan felt breathless while matching the match and was taken to hospital, said Dr Devendra Kumar, a close friend of the deceased. But doctors declared him dead soon after, he said.

According to Abdul Karim, a local reporter who manages the Khabar Seemanchal Facebook page and reported the story, Kumar was watching the match at his home after finishing his shift at the Sadar hospital.

In a news video released on the FB page, family members said Kumar burst fireworks when the Indian batsmen were scoring runs. But he complained of breathlessness as India faced defeat, they said.


In another incident, a man died soon after MS Dhoni was dismissed. A cycle shop owner, Srikanta Maity (33) of Hooghly district, was reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest while watching the match on his phone. According to a Times of India report, Maity collapsed at his shop after Dhoni got out. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.

India lost to New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and crashed out of the tournament. India staged a brilliant comeback to revive their hopes after being reduced to 92 for 6, chasing 239. But all hopes went up in smoke after India lost Jadeja and Dhoni. India lost the match by 18 runs.

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