I have grown up watching cricketers where it was just unconventional, yet stylish, who fit the title “bold and the beautiful”, and who would also fit in the category of “ugly but useful”.
Cricket has many faces, from being a gentleman’s game to a professional sport, cricket has had many ups and downs to come across. Yet, cricket remains the 2nd most popular team sports in the World, and that is mainly down to the layers and athletes, who give their all to entertain people.
Philip Hughes was a player with immense talent. He emerged onto the screen with hundreds in each innings against Proteas in their own backyard. His stance was unique, that was more than just side on. He used to have a little dig before playing, like Australia’s two times World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting used to do, but it was just unique.
His square cut, his pull, his cover drive, his enthusiasm, his energy, it was his aura that included everything that made him the darling of the crowd.
He came across in the domestic arena as someone, who has the habit to score big hundreds.
He was the youngest player in the history of Australian cricket to score a Century in the Pura Cup match, at the age of 19.
He couldn’t stabilize his position in the national side, but yet he was never seem far.
He was always around the corner, always knocking the door, always asking questions to the selectors.
Whenever he was dropped, he went back to the domestic circuit and score tons of runs to make his way back in. Many have questioned his technique, but yet he somehow finds a way to answer them. He has been just not normal, he was extraordinary.
He was the youngest player to score a century, in each innings of a test match for Australia.
If that’s not enough, he did it against the best fast bowling duo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel at the age of 21.
His smile was mesmerizing and his energy was a joyous feeling to come across with. He was not worried about not being selected in the playing XI after selecting in the squad. Instead, he was happy to be around the team mates and to help them get the glory for his country. He knew that his chance will come, and he will get the glory as he was bound to.
From the very start, till the very end, no one ever heard about Hughes in news for the wrong reasons.
He was unique, and so was his death, absolutely unheard off. He knew how to express while batting and was never afraid of hooking or pulling a genuine fast bowler.
However, it was on 25th Nov 2014, when he tried it one time too many and he never got another chance, to dig it or to leave it.
He missed a short ball while pulling Sean Abbott, his close friend. That ball hit the exposed area around his neck, which caused his death.
Hughes has a number of not out records to his name. He had the highest ODI score of 138*, highest first class score of 243*, highest List A score of 202* and highest T20 score of 87*. His last innings was of 63*, which was again an effort to ensure the selectors and the captain, that he is ready to go for the first Test of the summer, but unfortunately, his time ran out and he remained “Not Out”, forever.