Phillip Hughes 4th Death Anniversary: Michael Clarke Pays Touching Tribute to Late Cricketer
File picture of Michael Clarke and late Phillip Hughes. (Photo: Getty Images)

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke posted a touching tribute on the fourth anniversary of Phillip Hughes’ death. On November 27, 2014 Hughes breathed his last. He was hit by a bouncer from Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground and two days later he died. While trying to play a pull shot, Hughes was hit on the neck, and it caused a cerebral haemorrhage. The batsman was rushed to the hospital and underwent a surgery, but he lost the battle. The Australian batsman was 26 when the tragedy struck.

Hughes’ death made cricketers rethink about the helmets and since the majority of the batsmen had added a protective part on the back of the helmet over the neck. Meanwhile, on Hughes’ fourth death anniversary, Clarke, who was known to share a good bond with the late cricketer, took to social media and wrote, “I will see you again” along with a photo of him and Hughes. 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks Anniversary: Sachin Tendulkar Pays Tribute to Martyrs; Says, ‘We Shall Stand United And Tall Against Terror’

Clarke later revealed that it was difficult for him to play cricket after Hughes’ death. "I shouldn't have played another game. My career should have stopped then. It was too hard for me," he was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It took me a lot longer to grieve his loss than it should have, or that I would have liked. I didn't allow myself to grieve at the time because I had responsibility to his family, firstly, but then also as Australia's cricket captain to my teammates and getting us back out onto the field,” Clarke.

When this tragedy took place, India team was on tour of Australia and Virat Kohli along with the then team director Ravi Shastri and coach Duncan Fletcher attended Hughes’ funeral. Following Hughes’ death the first Test between India and Australia was also postponed by five days.