David Johnson: Ex Indian Bowler With ‘158 kmph’ Record Dies After Falling From a Balcony in Bengaluru

David Johnson

Former India pacer David Johnson passed away at the age of 52 after falling from a balcony in Bengaluru on the morning of June 20, Thursday. The right-arm fast bowler from Karnataka was born on October 16, 1971, in the Arasikere region.

David Johnson’s India stint

He represented India in international cricket in the mid-1990s. He made his Test debut for India against Australia in October 1996 and featured in a total of two Test matches. The highlight of Johnson’s career was clocking at 157.8 kmph during the Test match against Australia.

Johnson earned his spot in the Indian cricket team through impressive performances for Karnataka in domestic cricket. His standout moment came during the 1995-96 Ranji Trophy season, where he recorded remarkable figures of 10 for 152 against Kerala.

Despite health challenges in recent times, Johnson remained dedicated to the game. He had been running a cricket academy near his home, nurturing young talents and passing on his knowledge and passion for the sport.

The incident occurred at SLV Paradise in Kanakashri Layout, under the jurisdiction of Kottanur police station. It took place on Thursday at 11:15 am. He allegedly jumped while family members were at home. The Kottanur police visited the spot and sent the body to the hospital for post-mortem. It is suspected to be suicide, allegedly due to depression. Currently, the Kottanur police are gathering information.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary, Jay Shah, acknowledged Johnson’s contributions to the game. His pace, dedication, and commitment will forever be etched in cricketing history.

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