West Indies debutant Jeremy Solozano was taken off the field on a stretcher after being hit on the helmet while fielding at short leg during the first Test match against Sri Lanka. The incident took place just before the lunch break. The West Indian player was hit in front of the helmet near the forehead in the 24th over when Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne pulled a short ball from Roston Chase. As soon as the ball hit the youngster, he lay unconscious on the ground, leaving the players from both teams concerned.
West Indian and Lankan players surrounded the 26-year-old as the medical staff attended him. The good thing though was Solozano gained consciousness and was seen talking to the doctors before being taken away. West Indian head coach Phil Simmons came down running from the dressing room as soon as the opener took the blow. He was visibly looking tensed and worried. Earlier in the day, Simmons had presented Solozano with his debut cap.
After finding success with Trinidad, the Roger Harper-led selection panel picked him for the Test series against Sri Lanka. He was all set to open the innings but would now have to wait for medical reports and scan details. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka are 156-1 at the time of writing. Opener Pathum Nissanka was dismissed for 56 but Karunaratne is going strong at 86.