I started fearing fast bowlers after Phil Hughes got killed – Watson

The landscape of cricket was never the when Phil Hughes passed away after getting hit on the back of his neck in one of the domestic matches. Players participating in that game came to standstill after watching Philip falling over. It was a sight which no one wanted to see, players failing to come to terms following his death.

Shane Watson, who was playing in that match, has opened up about after effects. He has been an exceptional batsman of fast bowling, a quality, which he lost in the latter half of his career, failing to score runs across formats.

“I didn’t have fear, honestly, up until Phil Hughes got killed. Fast bowling was always my strength … I was fielding at first slip when Phil got hit, so it wasn’t until that moment that fear came into my game massively, and that was one of the reasons why against fast bowling in my career, in my performance with the bat started to really dive, because I had no idea how to deal with it,” Shane Watson told Sydney Morning Herald (SMH).

“The innocence of the game of cricket went immediately. I always knew that you could get hurt of course … if a ball went through my helmet I could fracture my face or my eye socket or jaw or whatever it was but never ever contemplated that you could actually get killed,” he added.

He started doubting himself, questioning his life if something of that sort happens with him.

“I had a two-year-old son at that stage. Will was two and just the thought that went through and continued to go through my mind for a long period of time, was ‘what if that was me?’. Like what happens to my family, not just my mum and dad, but my wife and my son,” he said.


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