The death of Phillip Hughes

Phillip Hughes
Phillip Hughes

On 25 November 2014, the cricket world got such a terrible blow, which had never happened before. On that day, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, a serious prospect for the national cricket team, was hit on the side of his head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match. at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) between South Australia and New South Wales.

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The opening batsman fell to the ground, never regained consciousness, and died in hospital two days later – on 27 November. Hughes was just 25 and a week away from celebrating his 26th birthday.

The southpaw had reached his half-century in that match and was going well until he faced a bouncer while batting on 63. He missed a bouncer from Sean Abbott and was hit. Hughes looked visibly dazed and within seconds fell to the ground due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

The players, support staff and medical team rushed to the ground and helped carry the unconscious player back to the pavilion. He underwent surgery after being airlifted to a Sydney hospital, the condition so dire that the players and officials decided to stop the game.

Two days passed with no positive reports from the hospital, but fate had

 cruel plans, as Hughes succumbed to his injuries on the same day (27 November). The cricketing world came to a standstill, but a frantic debate broke out over the nature of helmets and the safety provisions for players.

Hughes’ funeral was carried out on December 3, which was attended by cricketers of every stripe, and dignitaries including the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott further solemnised the occasion.

Overall, Hughes represented Australia in 26 Tests, scoring 1535 runs including three centuries. He also played 25 ODIs, scoring 826 runs and returning at an average of 35.91 and a strike rate of 75.09. His career best was 138 not out in a series-levelling effort against Sri Lanka in Hobart, 2013. Hughes played only one T20I for his country.

The left-handed batsman and occasional wicket-keeper held a first-class record where he scored 9,023 runs in 114 matches including 26 centuries and a best of 243. Hughes’ List-A record was equally impressive, as he scored 3,639 runs at 89. Innings at an average of 47.25 including eight tons.

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