The England Cricket team is seen wearing black armbands playing against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The Joe Root led English team are seen wearing the black armbands in the memory of Tom Moore, a World War II veteran who recently died after testing COVID-19 positive.  

 

Joe Root spoke to the England and Wales Cricket Board during one of the net sessions about the demise of the UK world-war veteran. “I am sure his family will be extremely proud of the legacy he leaves behind. He gave the whole nation something to smile about in a dark time. All the great things he did for the NHS.”

Root also added, “He spoke very fondly about the game of cricket throughout his life. From the whole cricket community, he will be sadly missed.”  

Joe Root’s statement referred to Sir Moore’s efforts to raise COVID-19 relief funds for UK’s healthcare system NHS (National Health Service). In April 2020, the then 99-year-old man took part in a small family challenge of raising £1,000 for health service charities by walking 100 laps of the garden before his 100th birthday ended.  

After completing the challenge, Sir Moore in a TV interview said, “One small soul like me won’t make much difference.” The war veteran could not have been more wrong! By the time he closed the fundraising in the last few minutes of his 100th birthday, he had already raised more than £32 million from donors across the world. 

Little did he knew that it was merely a beginning. What followed for the war veteran was- a knighthood, an RAF fly-past to mark his 100th birthday, and personal messages from the Queen and UK Prime Minister.  

Sir Tom Moore was tested positive for COVID-19 and passed away on 2nd February 2021. His family announced the unfortunate news on Twitter and gave a statement that read, “The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of. Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.” 

In his remembrance, the England Cricket Team is wearing a black arm-band on the first day of the India VS England 4-match Test Series. On the first day of the first Test, captain Joe Root chose to bat first as England won the toss. This would be Root’s 100th Test match. After Alastair cook and Sachin Tendulkar, Joe Root has become the third-youngest person to feature in 100 Tests for their country.  

For its first Test, India has taken to the field with 5 bowlers. The spin department will see a missing Kuldeep Yadav, but R. Ashwin, Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem will aim to trap the English batsman. In the pace department, experienced bowlers Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah will handle the bowl.  

The 4-Tests will be followed by 5-T20 internationals and 3 ODIs. A lot depends on the outcome of this 4-match Test series, as the outcome will tell us who will face New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Test Championship later this year.  

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