Phillip Hughes was paid tribute from all over the world © Getty Images
Phillip Hughes was paid tribute from all over the world © Getty Images

Nov 29, 2014

Two days after Phillip Hughes tragically passed away, international cricket continued with the second One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and England and Day Three of the third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand. The mood in each match continued to remain sombre, as celebrations for wickets and milestones were conspicuous in their absence.

Brendon McCullum scored the fourth fastest double century of all time, and his only mark of celebration was to raise his bat. He was dismissed immediately thereafter, and despite taking such a massive wicket, the Pakistan players did no more than walk up to each other and congratulate the bowler.

Even Kane Williamson, who scored his eighth Test ton, did so without much fanfare. He received a hug from his captain and the occasional clap from his opponents. This after the New Zealand fielders on Day Two remained sombre on the field, never once exulting despite putting in a tremendous performance which saw them take seven wickets for just seventy runs to bowl Pakistan out for an unthreatening total.











Tributes and wishes have been pouring in for Hughes, with the social media campaign “#putoutyourbats” seeing a number of leading cricketers — and also other sportspersons and institutions — as well as fans and supporters  taking pictures of bats with caps on top of them and tweeting them as a tribute to Hughes. In Photos: Tributes and wishes pour in worldwide after Phillip Hughes’ death

Hughes was three days short of what would have been his 26th birthday when he missed a fairly straightforward bouncer from pacer Sean Abbott and was hit on the back of his head. He never regained consciousness, and passed away a couple of days later. Hughes’ death was met with universal bereavement.

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