The game of cricket has given its fans memories galore – moments to look back with great delight and nostalgia. But, in all its glory, there comes along some days that have an extremely sombre connotation. November 27 is one such day that will forever be remembered as one where a batsman in his peak will forever remain not out on 63.
Four years ago today, tragedy befell the cricketing circle as Australian national player Phil Hughes passed over to the other side after coming second best to a severe blood clot in his brain.
Hughes was struck by a quick bouncer on the side of his neck while batting for Sydney in a domestic game. He immediately collapsed to the ground and 24 hours later, he would be declared no more.
The impact Hughes had on his colleagues was very evident with the outpour of emotions following the incident where the players and especially then captain Michael Clarke, choked in their own tears every time they had to address the public.
"I don't know about you but I keep looking for him. I know it's crazy but I expect any minute to take a call from him. I walked to the middle of the SCG on Thursday night. Those same blades of grass beneath my feet where he and I and so many of his mates here today have built partnerships, taken chances and lived out the dreams we have painted in our heads as boys. And it's now forever the place he fell," the words of Clarke at Hughes' funeral still strike a nerve.
On this very emotional day, four years later, the Australian fraternity have come out with very moving messages for the universally loved cricketer.
The thing about Phil Hughes - almost every player I spoke to thought he was their best mate. That’s how he made people feel.— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_M_FOX) November 26, 2018
He was so special on the ground & off it. It never gets any easier to comprehend.
Thoughts with all his mates & family, four years on. #63notout
You will always look good Phil.
Great words Boof. This was the last time he walked out to bat and although he looks serious, as he walked past he whispered “make me look good braz” Classic Hughsey!— Ryan Pierse (@RyanPierse) November 26, 2018
His friend were planning to make his 26th birthdat but just 3 year before the day...He left the cricketing world weeping....I cant forget those days..that speech by @MClarke23 and those emotions by @davidwarner31 and specially that sorry note by Abbot was heart breaking#63notout pic.twitter.com/UweHWWoiXk— Waji Wajahat (@wajiwajahat007) November 26, 2018
Phillip Joel Hughes - he was 25 then; he is immortal now!