Cricket may not be a big sport in the United States, but it captures the hearts and minds of millions around the world says avid fan Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez. The cricket world is currently in a state of shock and mourning following the news that Australia’s Phil Hughes passed away this past week.
Hughes was involved in an incident on the cricket pitch, with his head receiving a blow from a bowler’s throw during a first class match. The kind of delivery that hit Hughes on his helmet is common in cricket. Most times the batsmen walk it off and continue playing. In rare cases, there is some blood that the medical staff wipes clean.
However, in the case of Phil Hughes, he collapsed to the ground as soon as he was hit. Despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he passed away in the hospital a few days later. Hughes was in his mid 20s and was set to compete for Australia in the upcoming Ashes series against England.
All cricket games in Australia have been cancelled for the time being. It is unclear whether the Ashes series will go ahead, with no final decision made as yet. Tributes to Hughes have come in from all corners of the globe, with everyone shocked to see someone pass away while playing this sport.
Cricket is considered a gentleman’s game and rarely has any serious injuries associated with it. A death on the cricket pitch is something very rare and has clearly taken everyone associated with the sport by surprise.