By Prathamesh Avachare - December 04, 2014

 Since the unfortunate, untimely and enormously saddening demise of 25-year old Australian Cricket Star Phil Hughes, the global impact has been nothing short of staggering. We still remember that agonizing movement when he collapsed after getting struck with Sean Abbott’s lethal bouncer (In fact, as ardent Cricket fans, We will never forget that death-dealing Cricket delivery for our whole lives.)
Vale Philip Hughes
 From our personal perspective, the death of this young country boy who chased Baggy Green dreams has impacted our views on the game which we always thought was simple and easy like majority of the spectators think. But after this incident, We’ll always believe in the fact that a Batsman is nothing less than a soldier defending the bullets coming swiftly from the other end. Who would have ever thought that a bright and sunny Tuesday morning will bring along an unforgettable calamity?

 Talking about the tributes received from the whole Cricketing World as well as die-hard cricket fans around the globe, we don’t think there would be any person on this earth who wouldn’t have had tears in his/her eyes. From the hierarchy of the Australian Cricket Board retiring Hughes’ no. 64 jersey to changing the retiring score from 50 to 63 in junior cricket, tributes to ‘Hughesy’ have been extensive. Perhaps one of the most moving sentiments came from the Twitter trend ‘#putyourbatsout’, where people affected by this great loss placed their bats outside their doors with their caps draped over the handle.
Our #putyourbatsout tribute to Phillip Joel Hughes
 After experiencing so many homages from every corner of the world to a supremely talented young man, I understood how A Sport can connect people all around the world and affect them in different ways.’ Personally, I still can’t come over the fact that this young rising talent is no more. Imagine, A cricketer at the peak of his game, selected from his country to play at the number 3 spot in the upcoming India vs Australia Series, the innings he was playing to comeback into his beloved test team, cost him the terribly sad and ultimate price.

 Another addition to this miserable incident is the rigorous condition through which Sean Abbott is going through currently. Imagine getting arrested for the crime you never committed, getting charged for something which you never ordered, getting punished for the sin you never ever thought of doing even in your wildest of dreams. Trust me, no bowler bowls to kill someone and this was just another premium bouncer which is taught to bowl in every Cricket Coaching Institute, Schools, Academies, etc. I really hope Sean Abbott will swim his way to get back into the business. Because, Cricketing World has already lost a good batsman and now we can’t afford to lose a good bowler.

 They say life is unfair and this incident proved it yet again. After experiencing incidents like these, my mind automatically starts questioning the existence of God but there’s nothing much we can do about it. ‘Birth’ and ‘Death’ is the part and parcel of the life, all we need to do is give our all in to become a successful player before retiring from this world. No doubt, the loss of Phil Joel Hughes can never be restored, but as they say, the show must go on! We pray to God (If he really exists) to give enough strength to Hughesy’s family, friends and every person connected with his short and sweet journey of 25 years, which will always be paused at the score of 63*. Rest In Peace Braz, thank you for all the moments you gave us to treasure for lifetime. We’ll miss you!
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