The Cricketing community took to Twitter to express their anguish and anger at the brutal assault by at least two men on Kiwi batsman Jesse Ryder.
Former Australian pacer Damien Fleming wrote on twitter: "Our thoughts to Jesse Ryder in intensive care after being assaulted. Shocking news."
Ryder has represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League. He was due to play for the Delhi Daredevils this year, before the shocking incident occurred. IPL CEO Sundar Raman wrote on twitter: "Not the best cricketing news to wake up to. Jesse Ryder get well soon."
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle wrote: "oh dear, it looks really bad for jesse ryder." He added: "my first thoughts on reading the jesse ryder news were about david hookes; a valued colleague and a friend. bars are so so over-rated."
In 2004, former Australian batsman David Hookes died from head injuries suffered in a fight outside a bar in Melbourne where he had been drinking.
Many leading cricketers used Twitter to express their concern for Ryder. The New Zealand team's official Twitter page said "The whole NZC team's thoughts are with (Jesse) this morning."
West Indies star Chris Gayle posted in a Twitter message: "Will have Jesse in my prayer. Pray for Jesse. Let's hope he gets better soon."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted: "Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder. Just hope he can pull through. Thoughts are with him and his family."
Australian legend Glenn McGrath tweeted: "Our thoughts are with NZ cricketer Jesse Ryder & his family. Jesse was assaulted & is in intensive care. We wish him a speedy & full recovery."
"Just arrived in Sydney to the news about Jesse Ryder! C'mon big man hang tough" his fellow Kiwi Scott Styris added. England off-spinner Graeme Swann tweeted: "Shocking news about Jesse Ryder, fingers crossed for a full and speedy recovery for the big man."
Story first published on: Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:39 IST