November 27 marks the 3rd death anniversary of late Australian batsman Philip Hughes. The southpaw died 3 days before his 25th birthday. The southpaw suffered a blow on the neck of the bowling of Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game and never gained consciousness. He was admitted to the St Vincent Hospital where he breathed his last 3 days later. All the former cricketers paid tribute to the youngster who had a great future ahead of him.
He was batting on 63 when a short delivery from Abbott struck him on the neck after he missed the attempted hook shot. The southpaw was wearing a helmet, but it went through the unprotected area and struck him just under the ears. He collapsed to the ground before receiving mouth to mouth resuscitation and was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Sydney. He underwent surgery and was placed into an induced coma.
India was in Australia at that point and was scheduled to start a Test series in few days time. The 1st match was postponed by 5 days. The Australian batsmen after reaching 63 and their respective landmarks paid tribute to the southpaw during the Test series and even on his death anniversary today, Warner paid tribute to the southpaw during the final day of the opening Ashes Test.
So here we have a look at the career of Hughes which was cut short due to a fatal injury
After consistent performances for the New South Wales Youth teams, Hughes was drafted into the senior team and started off his first-class career with a sensational opening season. The southpaw played 7 matches for NSW and scored 559 runs at an exceptional average of 62.11 with a century and 6 half-centuries.
The highlight of the season came in the final of the Pura Cup when his 116 of 175 deliveries was instrumental in helping New South Wales beat Victoria with utmost comfort. At the age of 19, Hughes became the youngest to score a century in a Sheffield Shield final. He was recognised for his exceptional performance and was awarded the New South Wales Rising Star Award and earned him a full state contract for the 2008-09 season.