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Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has become the latest cricketer to pay tribute to Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.
Hughes, who was playing for South Australia, tragically passed away at the age of 25 when he was struck on the side of the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
Shehzad can somewhat relate to Hughes’ injury as he recently recovered from a minor skull fracture. The 23-year-old sustained the injury when he was hit on the side of the head by New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson.
“I know how it feels,” he said. “I was shocked to learn about Hughes’ untimely death because I prayed for his recovery since he was taken to hospital this week.
“I was very fortunate to have survived that blow and come through because I know what his family must be going through right now. I was also shaken after being hit and didn’t know for a few days what lay ahead of me.
“The New Zealand players were sympathetic after I was hit but I know this is part of cricket and one has to endure them. I just thank god I have come through and I pray that Hughes’ family are able to also bear this tragic loss.”