“25 is not the age. 63 not out is not the score.. And 3 days before your birthday is definitely not the day to retire.”
Australian international cricketer Phillip Hughes, who suffered a serious brain injury during a Sheffield Shield match, passed away on Thursday. Two days ago, the 25 year-old batsman was hit at the base of his skull by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott. He collapsed on the pitch face-first and and had to undergo an emergency surgery before being placed in an induced coma.
Cricket Australia’s team doctor Peter Brukner recorded his statement which was later released by the board. Here’s an extract of the release:
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday. He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by family and close friends. Cricket Australia requests you to respect the privacy of the Hughes family, friends and teammates.
Among his current and former teammates who visited the St. Vincent’s hospital in these two days were Michael Clarke, Brett Lee, David Warner, Ricky Ponting, Nathan Lyon, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc and Simon Katich. The entire sporting world has suffered a terrible loss. A player who was living out of his dreams didn’t deserve to lose his life so early. A thought should be spared for Sean Abbott who was at the bowling end at the time of this incident. He is still 22 and a budding cricketer and should be supported at such times.
Condolences and tributes are flowing in from all parts of the world for Phil Hughes. Here are few Twitter reactions:
Phil Hughes had a brief but appreciable test career as he scored 1535 runs from 26 matches. He also represented Australia in ODIs. Hughes holds the world record of being the youngest player to score twin centuries in a test match. He is also the only Australian cricketer to have scored a double hundred in List A cricket. He scored 202 against South Africa ‘A’.
The entire world mourns the death of a promising young cricketer who was committed to the sport. May Phil Hughes ‘s soul rest his peace.