New Zealand news March 31, 2013

Ryder out of ICU, feeling 'heaps better'

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has been moved out of the intensive care unit and has reassured his well-wishers that he is feeling "heaps better" and overwhelmed by the number of messages wishing him a speedy recovery from his assault on Wednesday night in Christchurch. Ryder is in a stable condition in a ward at the Christchurch hospital.

"I just want to let everyone know that I'm ok. I feel heaps better today but still really tired," Ryder stated in a press release by New Zealand Cricket. "I've been reading your messages that have been sent so thank you to everyone for thinking of me over the last few days.

"I want to thank everyone who has been caring for me at the hospital - they have been awesome. Thank you to my family and friends who have been here also."

Ryder's manager, Aaron Klee, said the batsman may not be making further statements in the immediate future, as he focuses on his recovery.

"Now that Jesse is out of intensive care, we aren't planning on providing further updates in the media, as it is time for Jesse to focus on his recovery and getting back to full health," Klee said.

Ryder had come out of his induced coma on Saturday and had begun talking again and breathing without the assistance of the ventilator. Earlier on Thursday, he had given a 'thumbs up' sign to the neurosurgeon and had started interacting with his family and manager.

Klee said on Sunday that Ryder was itching to get out of hospital when told of how the country was worrying about his welfare.

"He's been quite cheeky. We've had some giggles this afternoon, mainly one-word-type conversations," Klee told the New Zealand Herald. "I've told him he's one of the most talked-about people in New Zealand.

"He asked me about cricket but I just said to him, 'It's going to be a while before you are playing cricket, mate'."

Ryder had gone with team-mates to Aikmans Bar in Merivale where around 12.30am, while making his way to join other Wellington players at a nearby McDonalds, he had been attacked twice in the space of a few minutes, suffering heavy blows to the head and chest that left him with a skull fracture and a collapsed lung.

Police have arrested two men in connection with the assaults, a 20-year-old Christchurch resident and a 37-year-old relative who was visiting the city. They have been bailed to appear in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday, April 4.

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  • Sukanta on April 6, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Best of luck for your cricketing future. I wish you a happy personal life. Get well soon and waiting to see you in the cricketing field. Sukant Chakraborty an Indian cricket fan

  • Aditya on April 2, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    When I first read about the attacks on Ryder, I had a sinking feeling something bad was going to happen, judging the way life in general has panned out for him. Really extremely happy and relieved to here this great news! Hope Ryder's return to cricket will be as much celebrated as Yuvi's - he has defeated death too!

  • Ashok on April 1, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Great news! Fractured skull & Collapsed Lung - What sort of people are these 2 thugs who beat him up? One 37 year old "Relative"! With relatives like these who needs enemies. Sad reflection on the society we live in. Keep up the progress, Jesse!. This time you are fighting to recover from real life, 0-2. Another strike, you would have been out. Fractured skull means long term recovery from possible concussion, blood clots, etc. From experience I can tell you that looking upwards at the high catches will cause you some dizziness for few months. Sometimes bowling fast can also cause this dizziness. So the road to recovery may be slow even after you get out of hospital & start rehab. Good Luck. I do hope the 2 guys arrested get a term in jail.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Fantastic news - hope to see him back playing cricket in the near future and eventaully back in the NZ team - Des from OZ

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Get receover soon, we all waiting for your stylish and attacking batting on this IPL Version 6 Delhi Daredevils , when we hear the news last week we really shocked... one of our favorite crickets from New Zeeland.... VEERA FROM INDIAN

  • Bharat on March 31, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    All the very best Jesse. Cricket fans the world over are praying for your speedy recovery. Get well soon. The IPL and IPL fans will miss you, mate.

  • Raju on March 31, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    They say there is great power in prayer. It is wonderful to see that the prayers of many across the globe (and many thanks to the IPL for making Jesse popular with a larger world wide audience) have been answered. If he recovers well, it would be wonderful to have him on a video clip saying a few words to his fans during the closing ceremony of the IPL. A salute to the uniting power of the game!

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    get well soon jese all the best fr the future

  • Karthik on March 31, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    I remember Jesse Ryder while he was playing for my team RCB in the IPL. Strong player and a very good striker of the ball. He had the ingredients to go big as an opener. I hope he recovers soon and returns to professional cricket.