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Remembering Phillip Hughes

One of the most vivid memories in my life was watching India win the Prudential World Cup in 1983 on television. The euphoria and celebration were infectious. Every neighbourhood rejoiced. Cricket was so much in the air. The next day, the image of Kapil Dev, then captain, holding the trophy splashed newspaper headlines. I was still in school but I remember being a part of this intrinsic cricket fraternity that was formed in the drawing room of our homes and spread beyond. Irrespective of how little you understood the game, the names of cricketers were more familiar than even Bollywood actors.  Our first television was bought in 1982 and it helped sustain my infatuation with a few cricket heroes whose posters did colour my walls.  Over the years, when cricket got embroiled in the match-fixing controversy, my interest in the sport waned. Save the India-Pakistan matches, the game became a ‘once-in-a-while’ affair for me. It was hard to get back to the sport with the same enthusias