- Hughes sustained an injury during a Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground.
- He never regained consciousness and died three days before his 26th birthday on 27 November 2014.
In a heartfelt tribute to late Australian cricketer Phil Hughes who succumbed to an injury sustained during a cricket match after a ball hit his head, former India opener Gautam Gambhir had planted a sapling on his 26th birthday (November 30), days after he passed away. That sapling is growing and has turned 7. A picture of that is trending on social media.
“Gautam Gambhir planted a tree in Phil Hughes’s memory on his 26th birthday (days after he passed), that tree is 7 years old today,” read a caption along with the picture of the plantation done at Delhi’s Roshanara Cricket Ground.
Here is the tweet:
Gautam Gambhir planted a tree in Phil Hughes’s memory on his 26th birthday (days after he passed), that tree is 7 years old today pic.twitter.com/jyvpsQGBZm
— Sritama Panda (Ross Taylor’s Version) (@cricketpun_duh) November 29, 2021
The sapling was planted when Delhi was about to play a Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra at that ground. Since then Gambhir has retired from all forms of cricket and has turned in to an active politician apart from his stint as a commentator in various cricketing shows and broadcasts.
The former India World Cup-winning cricketer is a Member of Parliament from East Delhi from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and recently received death threats from ISIS Kashmir and even approached the Delhi Police regarding the same.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police Central Shweta Chauhan said that the investigation is underway security has been tightened outside Gambhir’s residence in the national capital after which he has reported two more threats.
“Delhi Police and IPS Shweta Chauhan (who is a DCP, Central District) cannot do anything as our spies are also present in the forces,” read the threat email received from ‘ISIS Kashmir’ at around 1:37 AM as per credible media reports.
Recently, Gambhir had said that Ajinkya Rahane is very fortunate to still be part of the Indian dressing room. His remark had come ahead of the first Test match between India and New Zealand in Kanpur.
“Rahane is pretty fortunate that he’s still part of this side because he’s leading. But again, he’s got another opportunity now, hopefully, he can make that count,” Gambhir had told Star Sports following which Rahane had another ordinary performance in the first Test and now it will be interesting to see whether he will get another chance once Virat Kohli is back for the second Test.