London, Mar 28 (ANI): Jesse Ryder was admitted to Christchurch hospital after sustaining serious head injuries in a late-night assault by unidentified men in a bar, and the New Zealand batsman has now been put under intensive care, according to the local police.
St John Ambulance confirmed that two ambulances responded to an alleged assault at 12.34am in the morning, the Telegraph reports.
According to emerging reports from local media Ryder was attacked twice in quick succession, suffering serious head injuries in the second part of what a witness called a 'Jesse hate fight'.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said the first altercation was outside Aikmans bar, in the Christchurch suburb of Merivale, and the second was outside the nearby McDonald's fastfood restaurant, adding it was the second attack in which Ryder sustained his most serious injuries, the local paper reported.
The first incident involved two or three people and police believed two of them then followed Ryder to the McDonald's carpark, where one of them attacked him a second time.
CCTV footage is available and police are confident the attackers were caught on camera. But police are yet to publicly release photos or footage, suggesting they have suspects, the paper said.
Archer said most of Ryder's teammates were in McDonald's ordering food when he was attacked. (ANI)