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Indian Cricket fraternity condoles Hughes' sad demise

PTI 27 Nov 2014, 13:18:09 PM IST

New Delhi: The cricket fraternity from across the globe today reacted with shock and sadness at the sad demise of Australian batsman Phil Hughes, who succumbed to his injuries in Sydney after being hit by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shiled match.

The 25-year-old cricketer, who was in contention for a Test recall for the coming series against India, died at the St Vincent's Hospital, where he was battling for life after being hit on the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbot during a domestic match between New South Wales and South Australia on Tuesday.

The BCCI led the Indian cricket fraternity in condoling the early demise of Hughes, who was described as true gentleman on the field.

"Our condolences and prayers with Phil Hughes' family. May his soul rest in peace. #PhilHughes #CricketFamily," BCCI wrote in its twitter page.

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar expressed his sympathy for Hughes' family on the shocking news.

"Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP #PhilipHughes," Tendulkar said.

India's vice-captain Virat Kohli, who will lead the side in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane in the absence of regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, termed it as a horrible day for the game of cricket.

"Shocked and saddened by the news of Phil Huges. Horrible day for cricket. RIP Phil and may your family gain the strength to cope," he tweeted.

Another Indian batsman Rohit Sharma had words of sympathy for Sean Abott, whose bouncer hit Hughes leading to the left-hander's death.

"Saddest day in cricket fraternity. Rest in peace mate and Sean Abbott stay strong #PhilHughes," Rohit tweeted.

Out of-favour allrounder Yuvraj Singh termed Hughes demise as a dark day for the game.

"Dark day for cricket can't believe Phil hughes has gone! Rip my friend ! My heart goes out to his family !shocking," Yuvraj wrote.

"Shocked and saddened. Phil Hughes you will live on in our hearts. RIP worst day in world cricket #peace #PhilHughes," Suresh Raina tweeted.