Former Australian batsman Chris Rogers in his autobiography titled ‘Bucking the Trend’ has revealed a shocking story on his ‘brush with death’ against India at the Gabba.
The incident happened on the opening day of the Brisbane Test when Rogers was fielding at short leg. The southpaw copped a ball to the back of the helmet, a spot similar to where the late Phil Hughes was struck during a Sheffield Shield game in November 2014.
In his autobiography, Chris wrote, “With the naming of Steve Smith as captain in Michael’s absence for the next Test in Brisbane, the writing was on the wall. I was to be short leg when one was needed. With Michael Clarke off the field, Brad Haddin was the stand-in skipper and positioned Rogers at silly point.
“The inevitable happened at the Gabba and once again the batsman was Rohit Sharma. He got every bit of a sweep and hit it uppishly. I was predicting what was coming and once again swiveled trying to present a smaller target. However my technique in doing this was terrible, and all I managed to do was present my back. The ball struck me flush on the back of the helmet, inches from where Phillip had been hit,” Rogers stated in his book.
Rogers also wrote how Australian doctor Peter Bruckner recalled what he said when the latter made his way to the field of play to attend to him. He wrote, “I have no recollection of this, but Peter later said that I said to him ‘Doc, I don’t want to die.'”
He wrote, “After talking to Michael, who was very supportive, the next contact was with Dad. I told him everything I was thinking and that it might be time to call it quits. As stated before, the lows are terrible, and what became consuming was a desire to get out of the bubble and live a more balanced life.”