Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Derbyshire
Luke Fletcher's injury, sustained when a powerfully struck ball by Sam Hain hit his head during the 2017 season of the Natwest T20 Blast brought chilling realities of the dangers associated with the game. To his luck, he remained conscious and walked off the field by himself. Later, he was checked by paramedics who detected that he had suffered a bleeding in the brain, had suffered from concussion and bruises - all of the factors which led him out for the rest of the season. At 6' 6\", Fletcher is a gangling pace bowler with a busty action and has been the lynchpin of many a Nottinghamshire's victorious campaigns. Having risen up the ladder, Fletcher played for the second XI in 2007 and was later rewarded with a one-year contract in 2007. He impressed enough in his debut season and was offered a Grade C contract with England's performance squad. 2011 turned out to be Fletcher's breakthrough season as he snaffled 73 wickets across all formats of the game. But it was followed by an equally modest 2012 season and any potential England call-up went into flames. Fitness concerns and growing competition for places meant Fletcher wasn't always a regular and he even spent spells in Surrey and Derbyshire on loans. A solid white-ball cricketer, Fletcher's skills as a death-over specialist meant more opportunities in the Twenty20 format of the game and he even spent a season with Wellington Firebirds, during the inaugural season of New Zealand's SuperSmash, in 2014.