When Elton John stopped his concert in Germany to talk about Phillip Hughes, Sean Abbott
Multiple Grammy-winning legend Sir Elton John on Thursday stopped his concert in Munich, Germany to speak about Phil Hughes and Sean Abbott.
New Delhi: Multiple Grammy-winning legend Sir Elton John on Thursday stopped his concert in Munich, Germany to speak about Phil Hughes and Sean Abbott.
As the Sir Elton introduced his 1974 hit 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', he spoke about the recent cricket tragedy.
Elton John dedicated "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes during his concert... http://t.co/S8G2c7iMxQ
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"I'm a big, huge sports fan and I love cricket, which you don't know anything about over here," he told the German crowd.
"Today an Australian batsman called Phil Hughes died of injuries he received while batting in Sydney in Australia, and the man who bowled the ball is a 22-year-old called Sean Abbott, and it wasn't his fault, it was a freak accident.
"But I wanted to dedicate this song to the memory of Phil Hughes and to the Australian team and all the cricketers in Australia who knew him, because he gave me so much pleasure.
"And to Sean Abbott, all I can say is that it's going to take a long time for you to get over this but you have a huge future ahead of you so please don't give up."
As he broke into the song, the British singer and songwriter ended his eulogy with a farewell to thye fallen Aussie, saying "This is for you Phil, wherever you are."
Phil Hughes succumbed to injuries in a Sydney hospital on Thursday after he was struck by a bouncer from Sean Abbott in a Sheffield Shield match.
Hughes, who was a strong contender to replace injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke in the first Test against India, died just three days ahead of his 26th birthday on Sunday.
Sportsmen from across the globe paid their tributes to the left-hander and there was even a #putoutyourbats campaign on social media that went viral.
Elton John famously sang "candle in the wind" at the funeral of Princess Diana. His latest tribute to Phil Hughes during his concert is bound to be remembered just as fondly.