New Delhi: He was all of promise, and substance, but gone too soon. In his short life and even shorter career, Phillip Hughes played cricket in its truest form – the gentleman's way. That's one reason, why his untimely demise has shocked the world.
But another reason will be his knocks, fluent ones.
In his 26-Test match career, Hughes scored three centuries – which includes two back-to-back hundreds, in a single match. In 2009, he compiled two consecutive hundreds – 115 and 160 in 1st and 2nd innings – against South Africa at Durban and became the youngest to do.
He was merely 20 years and 98 days old. His double whammy helped Australia beat the home team by 175-run win.
The tour was Hughes' first, having received his Baggy Green cap in the series opener in Johannesburg. His first essay resulted in disappointment, scoring a duck off four deliveries, perishing to Dale Steyn. But he soon found his form and showed his class by playing a match-winning knock of 75 from 121 balls.