Phil Hughes..May he rest in peace
25 year old Australian cricketer Phil Hughes got hit by a rising ball while playing a domestic match on Sydney Cricket Ground. Though he was wearing a helmet to protect his head, he got hit on a vulnerable spot and collapsed on the ground. He was given medical treatment on the ground and later taken to Sydney Hospital. He was in critical condition and today he passed away.
Fast bowling is part and parcel of cricket and countries like Australia , South Africa and England are famous for preparing pitches which support fast bowlers so it cannot be said that Phil was not used to conditions or pace. His mother and sister were in stadium to watch the match. I cannot imagine what they are going through.
And I really feel sorry for the bowler. Though it is no fault of his, he must be feeling like a murderer. I think that young man would also need some counselling and emotional support.
My older son loves to play cricket but this incident will probably haunt us all for a long time. The on going match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Sharjah has also been suspended for a day as have the domestic matches in Australia.
My heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Phil Hughes, whatever this may be worth.
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