Phil Hughes: Team India offers prayers to injured Aussie batsman

first_imgHughes has undergone a surgery and remains in critical condition at the St Vincent HospitalThe touring Indian cricket team extended its best wishes to injured Australian cricketer Phil Hughes and his family after the left-handed batsman suffered a vicious blow to his head during a Sheffield Shield game in Sydney on Tuesday.South Australia’s Hughes was hit on the head by a bouncer bowled by New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game in Sydney, which was abandoned after that.Team India’s stand-in skipper Virat Kohli alongside his teammates including Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter to extend their support and wishes to the injured batsman.Thoughts and prayers with Phil Hughes all the way. Fight it out mate. You are a top man. All the strength goes out to you and your family. Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 25, 2014Really shocked to see what’s happened to Phil Hughes.Fight and get out of this one my friend.My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) November 25, 2014Really shocked to hear about Phil Hughes. Fight it out buddy!! You are a champion!!! All our wishes with him and family. ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) November 25, 2014Have a speedy recovery Hughes! Prayers# Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 25, 2014Here’s wishing Phil Hughes a speedy and full recovery. Get well soon, champ. BCCI (@BCCI) November 25, 2014Hughes has undergone a surgery and remains in critical condition at the St Vincent Hospital.”The touring Indian cricket team extends its best wishes to Phil Hughes and his family at this time. We join with the rest of the cricket community around the world to offer our support and prayers to Phil and his family as well as our friends within Australian Cricket,” Indian cricket team released a statement through Cricket Australia.advertisementHughes, who was wearing a protective batting helmet, reeled back and then bent forward momentarily after the impact of the short-pitch delivery before falling suddenly to the ground. He was treated and ventilated on the field by medical experts, including doctors who were flown by helicopter onto the Sydney Cricket Ground, before being taken to nearby St. Vincent’s Hospital by ambulance.South Australia Cricket Association high performance manager Tim Nielsen said the outcome of the surgery was unlikely to be known for one or two days, and he requested privacy for the Hughes family and friends who had gathered at the hospital.The 25-year-old Hughes was considered a strong contender to force his way back into Australia’s test team next week if injured skipper Michael Clarke was forced out of the series-opening match against India. He was batting confidently on 63 when he mistimed an attempted pull shot and was hit on the back, left side of the head by a regulation bouncer from New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott.Hughes has played 26 test matches for Australia since his debut in 2009 but hasn’t been able to cement a regular spot in the starting lineup. Australian and international players and officials were quick to react, sending messages of encouragement to Hughes via social networking sites.Cricketers didn’t start wearing protective helmets until the late 1970s, when batsmen decided it was necessary to protect themselves against a 156-gram (5 ounce) leather ball traveling at up to 160 kph (100 mph).Bouncers, where a fast bowler aims to push the batsman back toward the stumps with a ball that bounces above chest or head height, are still a regular and acceptable part of the game.The International Cricket Council revised its laws on short-pitch bowling in the early 1990s, putting restrictions on the number of short-pitch balls allowed per over to stamp out bowlers merely using the delivery to intimidate batsmen. Top-level batsmen can combat the short-pitch balls by either taking the defensive approach of trying to duck out of the way, or take the risk of hitting it to leg-side to score runs.last_img read more