England fan Rob Lewis finally got his due on Saturday for his unflinching support to his team. The Web Designer from England arrived in Sri Lanka to cheer for the visitors way back in March when the pandemic was yet to put a halt to action around the world. England had arrived in Sri Lanka too and had started their preparation for the two-Test series before it was postponed in the wake of the outbreak.
But while the English team returned home, Lewis decided to stay back and hoped that he will be there when his team arrives in the near future. Eleven months later, England finally arrived and Lewis was there, the only English supporter at the Dutch Fort in Galle, the venue for the ongoing first Test match between the two countries.
But he faced another obstacle on the opening day of the Test. His plan to watch the game perched on the famous old fort since the game was being played behind close doors was squashed on the opening day of the match when he was asked to remove himself (and the banners he had set up) from the UNESCO world heritage site.
“I am very frustrated. I waited 10 months to watch this match and the police have kicked me out,” Lewis told AFP. “At least I managed to sing ‘Jerusalem’.”
But later, he was allowed to cheer for his team from the famous spot and was pleasantly surprised by England captain Joe Root on the third day of the game. When Joe Root raised his bat to celebrate his double century, he made a point of acknowledging a special part of the ground.
Here is a clip of the fine moment:
Root scoring 200 and waving to Randy Caddick, an England fan waiting for 10 months for the tour to happen, is why you have to love cricket pic.twitter.com/Cw9uGF6r8F
— Henry Moeran (@henrymoeranBBC) January 16, 2021
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