Plate put in Nari

Plate put in Nari: Nari Contractor, who is 88-year-old now, represented India in 31 Tests and played 138 first-class games.

The contractor’s son Hoshedar told The Indian Express that his father was fine after surgery and should be home soon.

Metal plate removed from Nari Contractor’s skull 60 years on

Former India batsman Nari Contractor suffered a head fracture after being hit by a Charlie Griffith bouncer on the 1962 tour of the Caribbean. Now, 60 years later, the metal plate inserted in the head through surgery has been removed at a Mumbai hospital on medical advice as the Contractor was having pain. The contractor’s son Hoshedar told The Indian Express that his father was fine after surgery and should be home soon.

Metal Plate Removed From Ex-India Skipper’s Skull 60 Years On

“The operation was successful and he will be fine soon. He will be in hospital for a few more days and after the doctor’s advice, we will take him home. We will take one step at a time. The skin was disintegrating on the plate. So he had lost the skin covering it, hence it was advised by the doctors to get it removed,” Hochevar said. “Our family was a bit worried which is natural. It’s not a major operation but is surely a critical operation.”

Metal plate removed from ex-India captain Nari Contractor’s skull 60 years on

The 88-year-old Contractor represented India in 31 Tests and played 138 first-class games. His international career was halted after that injury, though he made a comeback to first-class cricket. His determination and guts shone against England in 1959 when he slammed 81 at Lord’s despite suffering broken ribs off the bowling of Brian Statham.

Plate put in ex-India cricketer Contractor’s head after bouncer removed after 60 years

The contractor had undergone a series of operations after the Griffith bouncer and later a metal plate was inserted at a hospital in Tamil Nadu. In an interview with Mid-Day, the Contractor had recalled what Dr. Chandy, the doctor who had put in the metal plate all those years ago, told him about the two-and-a-half-hour surgery. “Do you know why it took that long? It’s because instead of putting a mesh, which we do normally, I have put a metal plate, which is heat- and cold-proof and I have made perforations for the nerves to tighten it. That took time. I had to cut the metal so that if you get hit on this [right] side again, nothing will happen to you.”

Chain of events

It was a series of unfortunate incidents that perhaps led the Contractor to be knocked out by the pacy Griffith bouncer that day. Just before that fateful ball, he was dropped at short-leg. Had that been taken, the Contractor wouldn’t have been facing that bouncer. A ball before that, his partner Rush Surti had shouted across that Griffith was chucking the ball and Contractor told him he should be telling it to the umpire instead of him. His focus was a bit off.

 

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