It’s been four heartbreaking years since the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes, a day in which changed the game of cricket forever.
On November 25th 2014, Hughes strolled to the SCG crease in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales, in what everyone thought was a normal day at the office.
In what was a freakish accident, Hughes was struck in the neck by a bouncer, causing a vetebral artey dissection which led to a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Two days later, Hughes never awoke from an induced coma and later passed away, which rocked the cricketing world to its core.
Hughes made a stellar start to his international career in 2009 where he had a record-breaking performance against South Africa.
At the age of 20 years and 96 days, Hughes became the youngster batsmen in history to score a century in both innings of a Test match.
However, it wasn’t all runs for Hughes, who, like many others, experienced the highs and lows of playing cricket for your country.
Going in and out of form, a switch from NSW to SA helped Hughes re-ignite his batting form which saw him go on to becoming the first Aussie to make a century in his One-Day international debut.
Hughes was a bright young man with a huge future ahead of him, on and off the cricketing pitch, and was taken from this world far too soon.
All players from Australia and around the world, as well as media personnel involved with the game and the public all rallied together to mourn the tragic passing of the 25-year old, and four years on, are still showing their respects.
Many took to their social media platforms to post a heartfelt message to mark the anniversary, with the hashtag #63notout trending on Twitter.
Below are some of the tributes posted to commemorate the passing of Phil Hughes.
Former Australian Test cricket captain and very good friend to Hughes, Michael Clarke, spoke on twitter with a simple and effective message.
I will see you again 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/EQbzbrZGcc
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) November 26, 2018
Former Australian Test captain Steve Smith used Instagram to share his thoughts, posting a link on Twitter to the post.
Thinking of you today Hugh. #408 https://t.co/LCQ3HlJSyc
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) November 27, 2018
The ICC too shared a picture of Hughes after scoring a ton for Australia.
— ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2018
Fox Cricket Journalist Neroli Meadows shared a wonderful message on her Twitter page.
The thing about Phil Hughes – almost every player I spoke to thought he was their best mate. That’s how he made people feel.
He was so special on the ground & off it. It never gets any easier to comprehend.
Thoughts with all his mates & family, four years on. #63notout
— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_M_FOX) November 26, 2018
Hughes BBL team the Adelaide Strikers used the hashtag #63notout.
— Adelaide Strikers (@StrikersBBL) November 26, 2018
The SCG also posted a touching tribute to Hughes.
— Sydney Cricket Ground (@scg) November 27, 2018
Phil Hughes – Forever 63 Not Out.