This might sound like a off topic for a website that talks about motorcycle and the motorcycle industry as a whole. However, we are a nation deeply marinated in the passion for Cricket. We are as much big fans and followers of Cricket as every Indian. Thus, the news that came today had left us sunken and sorry.
Phillip Hughes, the Young Australian Cricketer has died as a result of the injuries he sustained when struck by a bouncer on Tuesday, Cricket Australia has confirmed. He was 25. On Tuesday, Hughes was playing for South Australia against his former state New South Wales when he missed his attempted hook and the ball struck him on the neck below the helmet. He underwent surgery on Tuesday after being rushed to hospital from the SCG, and was then in an induced coma.
Hughes played 26 Tests for Australia and scored three centuries, and he appeared a strong chance to win a recall for next week's first Test against India at the Gabba, with Michael Clarke expected to be ruled out due to injury. Hughes first emerged as an international cricketer on the 2009 tour of South Africa, where at the age of 20 in Durban he became the youngest man ever to score two centuries in a Test. He scored 26 first-class centuries and was a prolific scorer for New South Wales, for whom he had debuted at the age of 18, and later for South Australia. Hughes had been part of Australia's most recent Test squad, for the series against Pakistan in the UAE, but he was not called on to play a Test in that series.
His mother and sister, who had been at the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales on Tuesday when Hughes was struck by the bouncer while batting on 63. At a press conference at St Vincent's Hospital on Thursday afternoon, Michael Clarke read a statement on behalf of Hughes' parents Greg and Virginia, and brother and sister Jason and Megan.
"We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip," Clarke read. "It has been a very difficult few days. We appreciated 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 NSW medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you."
We at Bikeportal offer our sincerest condolences to Phillip's family and friends, May they have the strength to deal with their loss. RIP Phillip Hughes. You will be missed.