Cricket lovers all over the world are still coming to terms with the shocking death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes. As a tribute to the left-handed opening batsman, fans from over the world especially from Australia are putting their cricket bats against a wall as a mark of respect. #PutOutYourBats has become a trending topic on Twitter.
On November 25, 2014, Phillip was knocked unconscious by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), causing vertebral artery dissection that led to a brain hemorrhage. Hughes couldn’t recover after he underwent a surgery and passed away two days later, having failed to regain consciousness.
The cricketer became a talking point on social media soon after being hit critically by a bouncer, but left everyone completely shocked after news came in of his passing away yesterday. #PhilHughes became a trending hashtag on Twitter while Facebook saw people reacting to his sudden and harsh death.
Support also poured in from all quarters for Sean Abbott who had bowled the bouncer. He remains shattered and disturbed after the incident.
A very sad day for the world of cricket. So sorry for Phillip Hughes and his family . Spare a thought for Sean Abbott.
— Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham) November 27, 2014
As a bowler hitting a fellow teammate/player is always an unsettling thing so I cannot imagine what Sean Abbott is going through #StayStrong
— Katherine Brunt (@KBrunt26) November 27, 2014
Paul Taylor starts #PutOutYourBats
To spread more love and vibe on social media, Paul Taylor put out his bat at his front door and sent a tweet, reports Mashable. Now people across Australia and the world have joined the trending hashtag to say goodbye to a young star who would have celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday.
Here are some of the most touching tributes to the young cricketer:
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 27, 2014
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 28, 2014
— Hemant Buch (@hemantbuch) November 28, 2014
— Viv Richards (@vivrichards56) November 28, 2014
— Afghan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) November 28, 2014
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) November 28, 2014
Twitter India spreads the word for Indian cricket fans:
— Rupinderpal Singh (@rupinderbob3) November 28, 2014
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 28, 2014
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) November 28, 2014
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 28, 2014
Rest in peace Paul you left the world with a bat in hand. You will remain not out for ever.
Image source: Twitter