The cricket fraternity from across the globe on Thursday reacted with shock and sadness at the passing away of Australian batsman Phil Hughes, who succumbed to injuries in Sydney after being hit by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) led the Indian cricket fraternity in condoling the death of Hughes, who was described as true gentleman on the field.
“It is a really sad and depressing day for cricket. It is really hard, probably one of the worst days. It is hard to come to terms with something like this happening to a cricketer on a cricket field and at this time all our thoughts are with his family and friends and may his soul rest in peace. It is going to take a long time to get over this for everyone all over the cricketing world.”
— Rahul Dravid
“I am devastated. I was hoping desperately, like so many across the world, that he would come out of it, when I read the reports that he had undergone surgery, was in intensive care in a very critical condition. Unfortunately, that was not to be. It is incredibly sad for all of us and particularly sad for his family as well.”
— Anil Kumble
“Our condolences and prayers with Phil Hughes’ family. May his soul rest in peace. #PhilHughes #CricketFamily.”
— BCCI on Twitter
“Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP #PhilipHughes.”
“Shocked and saddened by the news of Phil Huges. Horrible day for cricket. RIP Phil and may your family gain the strength to cope.”
“Saddest day in cricket fraternity. Rest in peace mate and Sean Abbott stay strong #PhilHughes,”
— Rohit Sharma
“Dark day for cricket can’t believe Phil hughes has gone! Rip my friend! My heart goes out to his family!shocking,”
— Yuvraj Singh
“ Shocked and saddened. Phil Hughes you will live on in our hearts. RIP worst day in world cricket #peace #PhilHughes ,”
— Suresh Raina
“Vale Phillip Hughes 1988-2014.”
— A message on the scoreboard at the Adelaide Oval
“No no no no no. RIP Phillip Hughes.”
“RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you!”
— Australia coach Darren Lehmann
We love you.
— Michael Clarke
#RIP buddy, #63notout #cricketfamily So sad. Best wishes & condolences to the entire Hughes family.
— Shane Warne
Huge loss for our cricketing family. Deepest sympathy for Phillip’s family, friends & associates. Sean Abbott in our thoughts & prayers also.
— Vivian Richards
Rest peacefully our little brother... may God hold you in the palm of his hand forever.
— Mattew Hayden
Heart broken! A very dark day.
— A.B. de Villiers
Just heard the worst news possible.
— Mahela Jayawardene
I just can’t get to grips with the tragic news about Philip Hughes today. A great lad taken far too soon.
— Graeme Swann
RIP my little man. You will always be with me when I walk out onto the field.
— David Warner
Totally, totally sick inside and have no words.
— Graeme Smith
On behalf of Pakistan, a cricket loving country, we send deepest condolences to Phillip Hughes’s family, Australia & all affected by this tragedy.
— Wasim Akram
Extremely saddened R.I.P 408 bruz.
— Mitchell Johnson
Totally saddened by the passing of our cricket brother and friend Phil Hughes.
— Dale Steyn