Four years ago, on this day, a heart stopped beating and a million other souls mourned the death of Philip Hughes. A week later, the Sydney Cricket ground retired pitch No. 7 in memory of their fallen hero.

 

“Forever 63 not out!”

“Baggy green no. 408 forever!”


Australian captain Michael Clarke had burst into tears during the post-match presentation of World Cup 2015. Australia had defeated Brendon McCullum’s New Zealand in the final of the big contest at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29, 2015. The best team in the world once again embraced the big Cup. Celebrations were all around the MCG for Australia had won the ICC World Cup for the fifth time. New Zealand, on the other hand, were playing their first ever World Cup final after seven unsuccessful attempts in the semifinals. Needless to say, the Kiwi fans were heartbroken.

But there was a certain amount of silence that interrupted the entire process of celebrations and lamenting. The silence of remembrance, a hush of pain, a tranquility of the storm inside. Cricket was still in immense pain, the pain acquired from the loss of a dear soul. The winning captain paid an emotional to “teammate and little brother”. Michael Clarke dedicated their World Cup victory to Phil Hughes.

 

11th Jan 2013.

Around six years ago, Australia’s Philip Hughes made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka, at the MCG, and went on to score 112 off 129, to become the Australian to score a century on ODI debut.


 

(Above, left)

The U-19 World Cup marked the beginning of the careers of many big names in the recent history of Cricket. Phil Hughes, our man, started off with career holding the hands of the same.

U-19 World Cup 2008- Hughes had scored only 89 runs at 23 and his highest score was 46. While Australia played six matches they won only two of them. They lost a couple of matches and the rest of the games were called off.

Surely a bad World Cup for the Aussies, but what contributions it made to Australian Cricket down the line was way beyond that.

The likes of Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, James Faulkner and Hughes himself found their way into the international team a few years after they featured in their respective U-19 World Cup tournaments.

 

(Above, right- Hughes and Agar) 

That 1st test of Ashes 2013, Australia tour of England. 

Teenager debutant Ashton Agar and Philip Hughes had established a world record tenth-wicket partnership of 163 runs. While Broad dismissed Agar for 98, Hughes remained not out on 81 off 131 balls. I rate that performance of his as my favorite Hughes’ innings. Unfortunately, it later turned out to be his penultimate test.

 

Dear Hughesy, you are missed and will be. These four years have been tough without you. See you down the road!

“Forever 63 not out!”

“Baggy green no. 408 forever!”

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