A young, uncomplicated cricketer, loved by his team, was taken away to be in his eternal home in an unexpected incident that has shocked the world and saddened not only his teammates but also cricket fans.

Philip Hughes taken away in his prime

Philip Hughes taken away in his prime

The talent he had was nurtured by a strong passion for cricket and developed by the strong, rigorous training he took in the town of Macksville, giving him his signature off side strokes. He joined the Western Suburbs and was invited to join the New South Wales team for his debut a short while before his 19th birthday and he made 51 in his maiden innings.

He believed in himself and he had come to the new town just because of cricket, the sport he was in love with. He was a natural and laconic player who loved helping kids. It is said that his simple character was what made him a favorite among fans and teammates. His friends describe him as lovely and easy-going.

Hughes was not jealous or did not envy anyone which is commonly seen in professional sports and he did not hold grudges even when he was left out of the Australian team by the selectors who showed tolerance to some of his errors. He began his career after his debut when he was barely 20 and after his second Test match, he became the youngest batsman to achieve great heights.

However, he was left out of his team after six months during the Ashes in England match in 2009. He also became Australia’s first batsman to score a century in a one day match against Sri Lankan team which was held in Melbourne roughly a year ago.

Fate had a different plan for him as he was batting with enthusiasm and a ball hit him on a very vulnerable spot that claimed his life. The world has lost a hero and his team one of its pillars.