IPL umpire CK Nandan narrowly escaped in what could have been a major head injury as he was accidentally hit by the ball during the IPL game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.
During Hyderabad's chase, Nandan, after 6 overs, announced the teams to take their strategic time-out when the ball, accidentally thrown by a fielder from the deep hit him straight on his head.
Fortunately, Nandan didn't have a serious injury and continued umpiring the game.
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On-field umpire C.K.Nandan had to bear the brunt of a ball thrown accidentally at him. Looked comical on camera but that would have hurt. Get the ice pack lads!
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IPL-2018: Opening match record highest-ever viewership
Meanwhile, the opening game of the IPL 2018 which was broadcast across the Star Network and live streamed on Hotstar has recorded the highest ever viewership in the history of the tournament.
The inaugural match of the 11th season played between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings registered a viewership on television of 6,355,000** impressions (India Urban, Males 15+AB) which translates to a 7.21 rating percentage (India Urban, Males 15+AB) on the Star Network.
This is an unprecedented growth of 37 percent over last year's opening game.
On Hotstar, the platform posted some of the largest numbers ever with a 42 Mn reach on opening day which was 2.3x of last year.
"When we reimagined the VIVO IPL 2018, we were confident our immersive, multi-lingual, interactive and technology-driven presentation across TV and Digital would resonate strongly with IPL fans across India," Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director-Star India said.
"We are pleased with the initial record-breaking numbers, which indicate that all the innovations this year have resonated with fans. As the tournament progresses, we look forward to delivering even greater all-round value to all stakeholders," he added.With IANS Inputs