The opening batsman of the Australian Cricket team, Phil Hughes, is no more in this world. The young left hander died earlier today in a hospital in Sydney.
Hughes had taken a blow on his neck off the bowling of Sean Abbott while playing in a first class game the other day for South Australia. He had lost his consciousness immediately and was rushed to the hospital where he was kept in the ICU after a head surgery.
He was not responding positively to the treatment and finally this morning, he passed away leaving the entire cricketing world in shock, pain and devastation.
Hughes was batting at the score of 63 in that game and was playing well. A hundred there could have sealed his spot in the Australian squad for the first test match against India, but, that was not destined to be. He became the victim of a tragedy and left the world.
The injury that Hughes suffered was a peculiar one. He did not get hit exactly on the head. It was more towards the neck that he took the blow. It should not have been that lethal.
According to the doctors, if Hughes had been hit a few millimetres here or there, he would have got away with just a bruise. But, because of the fact that he was hit on one of the most important arteries leading to the cerebrum, he collapsed straightaway.
This incident has shaken the players all around the world and there is no clarity if the Brisbane test match that is scheduled to take place from 4th of next month would now go on according to the schedule.
It would surely be hard for the Australian players who are close to Hughes to recover from this and play in Brisbane.