Australian opener Phil Hughes, was hit on his head by a bouncer from Sean Abbott on Tuesday in a Sheffield Shield game played between New South Wales and Southern Australia.
The left-hander immediately collapsed on the ground after being hit.
It wasn’t a pleasant sight at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the play was suspended temporarily due to the incident.
An ambulance arrived at the ground and Hughes was rushed to the hospital on a stretcher. At least three ambulances and a helicopter were on hand to treat the 25-year-old and transport him to hospital. The opposing Blues players rushed in to help their former team-mate and called for medical help from the dressing rooms.
Doctors attempted to resuscitate the batsman on the wicket and stopped the medical van on the boundary to continue treatment soon after, The Australian reported.
Reports in the media later said that he has undergone an emergency surgery, but the results of it will be available only after 24 to 48 hours as the batsman is under induced coma.
Hughes was in contention to play the first Test against India at Brisbane with skipper Michael Clarke still recovering from a hamstring injury.
Cricket Australia issued an official statement on the incident.
“Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland today extended his best wishes to Southern Redbacks batsman Phil Hughes who was injured in today’s Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“Sutherland said, ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes right now. We are also thinking of his family, team-mates and friends in the Australian cricket family. His welfare is our highest priority. We’re also naturally concerned about all of those involved in today’s game and will be giving them our utmost support’.
Australian Cricketers’ Association Chief Executive Officer Alastair Nicholson also sent his support to Hughes. He said, ‘We were obviously shocked to learn of the seriousness of the incident involving Phil. While we have faith that he’s receiving the best available treatment, the situation will impact his family, friends, and those directly involved on the field.