The Gentleman’s game has lost one of its finest disciple yesterday after Aussie batsman Philip Hughes lost his life in a hospital at Sydney where he was treated in induced coma after being hit by a bouncer from Sean Abbott while playing for South Australia against New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match at Sydney. Here is a timeline of his entire career.
30 November 1988: Born in Macksville, New South Wales.
1995: Started playing cricket.
November 2007: made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Tasmania at SCG in a Pura Cup match. Scored 51 on debut.
February 2008: At 19 years, became the youngest player to score a hundred in a Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup final. Scored his maiden hundred (116) in the Pura Cup final win over Victoria at the SCG.
February 2009: Named Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year. Soon, he was called up to replace the retired Matthew Hayden and makes his Test debut against South Africa in Johannesburg. Scored 0 and 75 at the Wanderers.
March 2009: Became the youngest man to score a century in each innings of a Test match. At the age of 20, he scored 115 and 160 against South Africa in the second Test at Durban.
July 2009: Was dropped from the Test team for the first time during the 2010 Ashes after he struggled against Short-Pitched bowling.
March 2010: Made a comeback into the National team. Played Ashes at home later that year.
August 2011: Retains his place in the Test team after Katich controversially lost his Cricket Australia contract mid-year during the tour of Sri Lanka.
December 2011: Dropped for the 4 match test series against India after he was caught in the slip cordon by Martin Guptill off Chris Martin for four times in the two match series.
December 2012: Recalled once again to the Test side for the home series against Sri Lanka. Scored 80 twice.
January 2013:Finally made his ODI debut. Became the first Aussie to score a hundred on debut.
February 2013: Named Australia’s Domestic Cricketer of the Year at the Allan Border Medal night in Melbourne.
February-March 2013: Struggled against Indian spinners in the four match Test series.
July-August 2013: Played Ashes series in England and was dropped after the first two matches.
July 2014: Became the first Australian to score 200 in List A Cricket when he remained not-out on 202 for Australia against South Africa at Darwin.
August 2014: Scored 243*, his highest First-Class score A against South Africa A in Townsville.
October 2014: Made his Twenty20 debut against Pakistan at Dubai. The only T20I he played. He has the third-highest T20 average of all time, and is the only batsman in history to average 40+ in all formats.
25 November 2014: Got struck by a Sean Abbott delivery during a Sheffield Shield match when he was playing for South Australia against his former side New South Wales.
27 November 2014: Was declared dead at the St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney where he was admitted after getting hit by a bouncer.