New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder has been put in a medically induced coma after being assaulted outside a bar.
Jesse Ryder, the 28-year-old New Zealand international, was admitted to Christchurch hospital at 12.30am local time on 28 March after being attacked outside a bar.
The all-rounder has suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull and a punctured lung and has been put into a medically induced coma.
Ryder was involved in an altercation with at least three men outside Aikmans bar in Christchurch, before being attacked in a nearby McDonald’s car park.
Police have said that the New Zealander is in critical condition.
“It was an initial incident involving two to three people,” Detective Senior Officer Brian Sergeant was quoted on the Telegraph’s website.
“As Jesse has gone towards the car park at McDonald’s he’s been followed by two of the three people, we believe, and one of those two people has assaulted Jesse.”
In 2008 Ryder injured his hand in another bar in Christchurch the day before he played in a one-day international against England.
The all-rounder was treated for the injuries after he had tried to break into a toilet at 5.30am and faced a dressing-down from New Zealand Cricket.
Then in 2009 Ryder was involved in a late night drinking session after the third ODI of a series against the West Indies and was subsequently dropped for the fourth match.
Since making his international debut in February 2008, the Kiwi has played 39 ODIs and 18 Test matches for his country, impressing with the bat in both forms of the game.
However, in March 2012 Ryder took an indefinite break from professional cricket due to problems in his personal life.