'Recuperating' Ryder said 'Get me out of here' minute he surfaced

Wellington, Mar 31 (ANI): New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder, who was taken out of his induced come on Saturday, has told his fans in his first public statement that he is ok, thanking them and everyone for their massive support.

After three days in an induced coma, Ryder woke up and, in typical fashion, told his family: "Get me out of here".

The former Black Caps batsman on Sunday moved from intensive care into a Christchurch Hospital ward as his condition improved, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Ryder said in a public statement that he just wants to let everyone know that he is ok, adding he feels heaps better today but still really tired.

Ryder added he has been reading fans' messages that have been sent so thank you to everyone for thinking of me over the last few days, adding he wants to thank everyone who has been caring for me at the hospital, they have been awesome.

Ryder also thanked his family and friends who have been here also.

Meanwhile, Ryder's manager Aaron Klee said there would be no further updates on the player's condition because its time for the Kiwi opener to focus on his recovery and getting back to full health.

Ryder is able to talk, but has no recollection of the attack outside Aikmans Bar in the Christchurch suburb of Merivale that left him with life-threatening head and internal injuries.

However, Ryder does remember the first-ball duck he scored in Wellington's loss to Canterbury hours earlier and he does not appear to have serious brain injuries, the paper reported/.

Klee has not ruled out the possibility Ryder could return to cricket in the future, the paper said.

Two men, who are related, aged 20 and 37, have been charged with assault in connection with the attack on the cricketer and they have been released on bail to appear in Christchurch District Court on Thursday. (ANI)


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