Phil Hughes and his Indian connection

Mumbai Indians picked him up for the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Though Hughes never got to play a game, Harbhajan told Mid-Day that the Aussie was always pumped up. “He was always there, pushing hard in the nets. He was very jovial and a character. I loved talking to him; was a lovely guy off the field. He was like a brother to us. What has happened is very very unfortunate.”

Hughes was also a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. Hughes had once mentioned that meeting Tendulkar was a “dream come true” and how it helped him become a mentally stronger cricketer.

“It [Meeting Tendulkar] was a dream come true moment for me. It was a generous gesture on his part to spare couple of hours for me from his busy schedule. It was a great experience,” said Hughes, who had then come to India in 2009, to play in the Champions League T20 (CLT20) for New South Wales.

Indian cricketers and Indian fans have shown great solidarity in the moment of intense grief while sharing the loss with Australia.

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