South Africa’s veteran batsman Hashim Amla received a nasty blow from fiery right-arm pacer Jofra Archer in the 2019 World Cup opener. The experienced campaigner was hit flush on the helmet as he was shaping to pull a steaming delivery from Archer.
The force of the blow immediately caused concerns, as Amla stumbled around the crease for a while before retiring hurt at 5. He was then rushed to the hospital to conduct a concussion test while the match was underway to confirm his availability for the remainder of the game.
Thankfully, Amla returned to bat for the Proteas in the 32nd, however by then, chances of a South African victory were very bleak. Amla’s painful stay ended as he could add a meagre 8 runs to his total since he was forced to retire hurt.