We often take it for granted that sport can be dangerous epically cricket. this week two people died as a result of a ball hitting them Phillip Hughes more on that below and hillel Oscar are one of many who have died this way.
Two days after he was struck by a ball in what was called a freakish accident, an Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes, died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, drawing expressions of grief, shock and disbelief from fellow players and sporting figures around the world.
Mr. Hughes, 25, had represented Australia in dozens of international matches — in both one-day games and the longer contests called test matches — and was regarded as a player with a bright future after a sometimes-uneven record in the national team.
But his death stunned many fans of cricket’s thrilling duel between bowlers and batters in protective pads and helmets, renewing a long-running debate over safety. It is not unusual for the ball to strike players, but fatalities are rare. Cricket is a national sport in Australia, which prides itself on the skill and courage of its players.
“Despite extensive surgery,” he said, Mr. Hughes, “did not make very much improvement, and unfortunately, as a consequence of the injury, he died.”
Mr. Hughes was playing in a domestic game in Sydney on Tuesday when the ball struck him in a part of the neck that was not protected by his helmet. The force was such that his vertebral artery was pierced, prompting significant bleeding to the brain, news reports said. Physicians induced a coma as they sought to save him.
Cricket balls resemble baseballs but are heavier and routinely reach speeds of around 90 miles per hour. Bowlers use various techniques, from relatively slow spin bowling, which seeks to outwit batters, to so-called bouncers that are meant to rear up from the ground and hurtle toward the batter’s upper body.
In a tally, The Associated Press listed only four deaths since 1870 caused by cricket balls striking batters. Before Mr. Hughes, the most recent was Darryn Randall, 32, in South Africa last year, The A.P. said.
“The word tragedy gets used too often in sport, but this freak accident is now real-life tragedy,” said James Sutherland, the chief executive of Cricket Australia, the sport’s governing body in that country.
“Without doubt, he was a rising star whose best cricket was in front of him,” he said.
As cricket fans mourned, the Australian flag was lowered to half-staff over cricket grounds in Sydney and Melbourne. Several scheduled games were suspended as far afield as Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan was playing New Zealand.
Cricket stars from Australia, Britain, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and elsewhere registered shock, while the Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, said that Mr. Hughes had been “a young man living out his dreams.”
“What happened has touched millions of Australians,” he said. “For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration.”
Shane Warne, an Australian sports commentator and former spin bowler,said on Twitter: “Woken to the horrific news about Hughesy ! I cannot describe the sadness I feel for the Hughes family & fellow cricket players, so so sad.