Several Australian and Indian cricketers attend Phillip Hughes funeral.
The world is still in a state of shock almost a week after the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes. The 25-year-old cricketer died after he suffered a major blow to the back of his neck, from a short ball from Sean Abbott. Phillip was batting on 63 in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales, when he was hit by the short ball. He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries 2 days later. Since then, the cricketing world has been mourning his death and yesterday, December 3, 2014, he was given an emotional sendoff.
Several Aussie cricketers attended the funeral that was held in Hughes’ hometown of Macksville. In attendance also, was grief-stricken bowler Sean Abbott, who was the man responsible for delivering the fateful ball that took Hughes’ life. Understanding the situation and his condition, the media present respected his privacy and kept a distance.
Everyone at the funeral spared a thought for the young pacer, understanding how he might have been feeling. The entire Australian cricket team was present, including Australian Test captain Michael Clarke, David Warner and several others. There was also a group of 8 people that represented the Indian cricket team. The contingent included stand-in skipper Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. While paying tribute to Phil, Michael Clarke broke down.