Revealed: Why India & England Players Were Wearing Blue Caps Before Start Of Play On Day 2 At Edgbaston
Revealed: Why India & England Players Were Wearing Blue Caps Before Start Of Play On Day 2 At Edgbaston

On day two of the postponed fifth Test match between England and India, the Edgbaston Stadium will become “Blue for Bob” to raise money and help the Bob Willis Fund in its fight against prostate cancer.

The effort, which first occurred in 2021 during an ODI between England and Pakistan, will be repeated in honour of former England fast bowler Bob Willis, who passed away in December 2019 at the age of 70 from prostate cancer, three years after being diagnosed with the condition.

The Bob Willis Fund was subsequently established in Bob’s honour by his wife Lauren Clark and brother David to support research into prostate cancer, promote public awareness of the disease, and develop more accurate diagnostic methods. On Saturday, spectators are invited to go blue to show their support for the cause. Since it began in 2021, the fund has raised more than 500,000 pounds.

England Players Wearing Blue Caps
England Players Wearing Blue Caps PC- Twitter

Edgbaston Was Bob Willis’s Home Ground For 13 Years In England

“Today we’re turning Edgbaston #BlueForBob supporting the @BobWillisFund. If you’re attending, please wear blue and show your support,” tweeted Edgbaston from their official Twitter account.

Between 1972 and 1984, Willis played his home games at Edgbaston for county team Warwickshire, where he won the County Championship in his very first season with the team.

Bob Willis[photo: Twitter]
Willis took 325 wickets for England in 90 Test matches, taking them for an average of 25.20. His most illustrious performance came in the Ashes Test at Headingley in July 1981, when he took 8/43 to give England the victory.

Regarding the ongoing match, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant produced one of the best innings by an Indian Test player in foreign conditions with a brilliant 146 as he and Ravindra Jadeja (83 not out) joined forces for a stunning comeback to lead India to 338/7 in 73 overs on day one of the contest.

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