It has been five years since Phil Hughes left us, but the memories are still intact. Although he was merely new into the Australian dressing room, but Hughes was a popular figure with vibrant nature. And the sudden news of his death sent shockwaves throughout the country, and the entire team was broken from inside. Five years down the line, the likes of Michael Clarke and Steve Smith feel Hughes is still with them as they carry his memory all along the way.
Hughes died at the age of 25 after being struck by a bouncer while batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match on Nov. 25, 2014, against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Phil Hughes was wearing a helmet, but the ball struck an unprotected area just below his left ear. Hughes sustained a brain haemorrhage and died two days later without regaining consciousness at a nearby hospital.
Former teammates mourn Phil Hughes sudden demise
The outpouring of grief was immense, spreading far beyond cricket’s usual confines. Born in the small town of Macksville, a remote farming outpost in New South Wales, Hughes had shown prodigious talent from an early age. Phil Hughes represented Australia in 26 Test matches and 25 ODIs scoring five hundreds and 11 half-centuries. He was a regular name in the New South Wales side leading them from the front with the bat.
It sent down nerves through the spines of Phil Hughes’ teammates including the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner. Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who gave an emotional speech during his funeral watched by many still gets his throat chocked while talking about his former teammates.
People from all spheres came down to mourn the sudden demise of one of Australia’s brightest talents, Phil Hughes.
Nothing but tragic.
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) November 27, 2019
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) November 27, 2019
I still remember the moment 5 years ago. It was late afternoon just before 4pm and a news alert popped up. Phil Hughes, at the age of 25 had his life support turned off. He lost his life doing something that a lot of us love. What a loss. #63notout #philhughes
— Luke P Gavin (@LukePGavin) November 26, 2019
Sadly on this day in 2014 Phil Hughes became the 2nd youngest person to represent @CricketAus to pass away
In 2009 became the youngest person to score two 100s in a Test match
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) November 26, 2019
RIP Phil Hughes
Can Never forget that day
Those words from Clarke
" We should dig in and Play Through to tea "
I used to talk a lot about Phil Hughes with my friends. I admired him so much. I loved His Backfoot Punches which he played with His back Knee on the ground.
— Abhishek Mishra (@Ohyessabhi) November 25, 2019
Can’t believe it’s 5 years when my son and I joined the rest of the cricketing world shocked at the tragedy and put out our bats in honour & memory of Phil Hughes. A sublime talent, beloved son & brother and friend to all in the cricket family pic.twitter.com/zWtuD8BGQN
— Hon. Troy Grant (@troygrant) November 26, 2019
— SuNiL MeEL (@sunilmeel811) November 27, 2019
Five years to this day when the death of #PhilHughes left us all shaken and stirred. Still remember his best mate and the then Aus skipper @MClarke23 breaking down during remembrance. #PutOutYourBats #63NotOutForever pic.twitter.com/DQN2n3ApuC
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) November 27, 2019
#OnThisDay in 2014, #Philhughes lost his life. It was the saddest moment happened on the cricket field.
I still remember whn i saw this news on tv, it ws extremely shocking fr every cricket viewer.
After tht, #PhillipHughes forever be #63notout
We'll nvr forgt u#63NotOutForever pic.twitter.com/0Y5dSggURx
— Archie Agarwal (@_rchie0425) November 27, 2019