Why England Cricket Team Wearing Black Armbands In India Vs England Test Match 2021 :
On the first day of the first Test against India in Chennai, England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat. Today he became the 15th England player to reach the milestone of the 100th Test match at the Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Root will equal former England captain Andrew Strauss in the four-match Test series and become the fifth England captain to play 50 Tests.
India, on the other hand, had to make five changes to their playing XI as skipper Virat Kohli, with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Shahbaz Nadeem and pacers Jaspreet Bumrah and Ishant Sharma replacing Mayank Agarwal, Shardul Thakur, and Navdeep Saini. Mohammad Siraj and T. Natarajan.
Why England Cricket Wearing Black Armbands?
We are wearing black armbands in honour of inspirational war veteran and fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died aged 100 earlier this week. pic.twitter.com/IMuXfwHaUp
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 5, 2021
At the time of the national anthem and now at-bat, English players are clearly seen with black armbands. It is noteworthy that the black armbands were known as a tribute to WWII veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore, who recently passed away due to Covid-19.
RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore.
An inspiration to us all ❤️ https://t.co/zbzOow8b86
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 2, 2021
Captain Tom, 100, had raised more than 32 million for the UK’s NHS (National Health Service) last year by running 100 laps in his backyard while the coronavirus was spreading across the country (or continent). On his 100th birthday, he was awarded honorary membership of the England cricket team.