Michael Clarke is being hailed for the support that he has shown for the family and friends of the late Phillip Hughes. For the last 2 days, Clarke had constantly been in the hospital in which Hughes was admitted and he was completely distraught, as much as any other person, when the doctors made the announcement that Hughes had left the world.
Those who know Clarke closely say that he used to treat Hughes as his younger brother.
Hughes had actually started his first class career for New South Wales and it’s from there that Clarke knew him.
The left hander later moved to South Australia because living in Adelaide probably suited him more than living in Sydney, but, he continued to have good tuning with Clarke.
Although many former and present team mates of Hughes made their way to the hospital to know his well being while he was there, but, nobody stayed there for as long as Clarke did.
Clarke also talked to Sean Abbott, the bowler who had delivered that life taking bumper to Hughes, and tried to console him.
Abbott is also a young man only and this incident might affect him very badly on mental front. A few words of support from top guys like Clarke would have done him so much good.
Clarke is currently dealing with his personal problems too. His hamstring is threatening to end his career sooner than what he would want. He has had altercations with the national selectors of late.
But, as soon as he heard that Phil Hughes was in hospital and his family might need some help, he reached there, putting all his problems aside. That’s the sign of a true leader and Clarke has proven yet again that he, indeed, is a true leader.