On 27th November 2014,thousands of condolences swirled through social media and millions of cricket lovers mourned in, as the world came to know about about the death of Phillip Hughes. Nobody ever imagined such an ending for 25 year old test batsman. He died two days after being struck with a ball in the neck while playing a domestic match in Sydney.
During a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 November 2014, while batting on 63 not out, Hughes was struck in the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott. Hughes was wearing a helmet. He collapsed before receiving mouth to mouth resuscitation and was subsequently taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, where he underwent surgery and was placed into an induced coma.Hughes’ injury was a rare vertebral artery dissection which led to subarachnoid haemorrhage.
Team doctor Peter Brukner confirmed the news in a statement released on Thursday afternoon.
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” Dr Brukner said. “He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday. He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends.
“As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time. Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected.”
Similarly,Australia captain Michael Clarke read out a statement on behalf of the Hughes family at a news conference held at St Vincent’s Hospital, where the player, who would have been 26 on Sunday, was treated.
Speaking on behalf of parents Greg and Virginia, sister Megan and brother Jason, he said: “We’re devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother, Phillip. It’s been a very difficult few days.”
“We appreciate all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you.”
After this, Clarke stood up and left the room.
The Australian Flag was lowered to half-mast in the Sydney crcket ground where Phillip suffered the injury. The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott also expressed his deep condolence and described him as “young man living out his dreams”.