A shocking death occurred in a cricket ground, around 4 pm at the Sunnyvale Sports Centre, Main South Road, Green Island, and was attended by St John Ambulance and police.
The man was a member of the Green Island Cricket Club’s Second Grade team, club president John Moyle said.
33-year-old Hareesh Gangadharan had played for the club for five or six seasons.
Moyle told media that the death was very sudden and happened after a medical event during the match that was going on in the club’s home ground. He said, “The team are in shock.”
According to the reporters in New Zealand, he was walking away having completed bowling an over when he collapsed. He had bowled just two overs before slumping to the pitch where he complained of struggling for breath and eventually lost consciousness.
Baffled teammates have told The Otago Daily Times that Gangadharan had no serious medical history and he was a fit and healthy young man.
New Zealand Cricket’s manager of public affairs Richard Boock cleared that the event was totally natural and there was no sports mishap that happened.
Moyle originally confirmed the tragic news through a club statement.
“I am heartbroken to confirm the news of the very sudden death of our Green Island Cricket Club member while playing yesterday at Sunnyvale,” he said.
“Hareesh Gangadharan suffered a medical event and despite all efforts by teammates, the public and emergency services he could not be saved.
“Early indications are that the player has had a heart attack. It is tragic. Everyone is shattered, both at the club and Otago Cricket. Our hearts go out to his family.”
Hareesh Gangadharan had Indian ethics ethnicity and played in a team made up predominantly of Indian players.
Green Island is a five-time National Club Champion and current Dunedin champion.
It was established in 1930 and its website describes it as having a warm, family vibe.
The club was home to several Black Caps including Glenn Turner, Hamish Rutherford and Brian McKechnie, who faced the infamous underarm bowl in a one-day international against Australia in 1981.