The much-awaited series between India and Australia is starting from Friday. Team India will begin its tour with the ODI series in Sydney. On this day, six years ago, Phil Hughes lost the battle of life. On 27 November 2014, the entire cricket world was drowned in mourning due to the untimely death of this Australian cricketer. Hugh, who was injured during a home match being played in Sydney, had said goodbye to the world, three days before his 26th birthday.
Phillip Hughes, playing for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield Trophy match, was badly injured on 25 November in an attempt to hook the bouncer of New South Wales pacer Sean Abbott. The ball hit his head at the bottom of his helmet. At that time, Hughes was scoring 63 runs.
After the ball, Hughes appeared upset and bowed a little, but in a few moments he was unconscious and fell on the pitch. His injury was so serious that the match had to be stopped there. The four-day match was not played further after he was hit on the third ball of the 49th over.
The injured Hughes had to be taken from the field on a stretcher. He was admitted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in a coma condition. Hugh’s emergency surgery was also done, but he could not be saved. On December 3, Hughes was cremated in his hometown, Maxville. During this, cricketers, politicians and other celebrities from Australia and around the world were present.
Captain Michael Clarke, along with Hugh’s brother and father, shouldered the body. From India, the then team director Ravi Shastri, acting captain Virat Kohli and coach Duncan Fletcher also attended the farewell journey.
A committee of inquiry was formed to investigate Hugh’s death. However, the committee found no one guilty of Hugh’s death. The committee gave its suggestions to make the game more secure. The committee said, “There was a slight lapse in sensing the ball or injury due to not executing the shot properly.”
Hughes scored 1535 runs in 26 Tests at an average of 32.65. In Test matches, he scored three centuries and seven half-centuries. Hughes scored 826 runs in 25 ODIs at an average of 35.91 with the help of two centuries and four half-centuries.