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When death is unjustified: RIP Phillip Hughes

Jaspreet Sahni | | Updated: October 7, 2015, 3:00 PM IST

Death is not unusual. Every day, every minute, people, of every age, die. When timely, it's accepted as 'had to happen'. But when untimely, we ask: 'Why?'

A wise man never goes for an unripe fruit. God is the wisest; then why He plucks away His wards as young as 25? His decisions are indisputable, not open to appeal. But hey Old Man, why Hughsey? That's not fair.

Phillip Hughes, 1988-2014, we miss you.

"The fair man doesn't invariably win," Mark Hodder is right, and here it's not steampunk: a 25-year-old man died doing what he lived for - playing a sport, in this case, cricket.

A sportsman is indeed has to be 'fair man', for he has to play and act 'fairly'. That's the values he grows up with learning a sport. But life can be unfair and death unjustified. And when it happens on a sports field, it seems cruel. Still, God's decisions are indisputable, not open to appeal.

It took Hughes less than 72 hours to disappear into thin air. Struck by a bouncer from Sean Abbott, Hughes never woke up. Not your fault, Sean. Hughes will rest in peace and we want you to live in peace. An accident happened while playing cricket and it's only unfortunate we lost a soul at the end of it.

But it's tough on everyone. Abbott's mental state will remain unknown, players with Hughes at that tragic moment will wake up scared at night, and the family will feel cheated forever. But God's decisions are indisputable, not open to appeal.

All that remains now is theories and memories. Some blaming helmet, some slightly delayed medical response. But Australia tried its best and Hughes fought like he always did on the field.

Something else was desirable to Him. He definitely would have a reason for it, which we definitely will never know. But what we do know is 25 is too young and the sports field is not a place where lives should be lost.

Hope we don't see such scenes ever again. RIP Hughes.
First Published: November 30, 2014, 10:46 AM IST

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