Over the years we’ve seen fans cross limits to meet their cricketing idols, from painting their body to the tri color to sporting different attires, the fans we see have been absolutely unique. Similarly Rob Lewis who had visited Sri Lanka last year to watch the Sri Lanka vs England Test series which unfortunately got suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic was acknowledged by the England Skipper Joe Root after scoring a double ton at Galle.
Rob Lewis a web designer by profession landed in Sri Lanka in March 2020 but with the series suspended, he was unable to watch his countrymen play against Sri Lanka. However the series was scheduled to be played in January 2021 in the new normal of bio secure bubble in place to ensure at most safety of the players.
Rob Lewis’s 10 Month Wait Comes To An End
Even though the series is being played without any spectators at the ground, Rob got special permission to be present in the stadium for 30 minutes prior to the start of the Test just to get a glimpse of the England players. But as soon as the time was over, Rob was asked to leave the venue as his dream to watch his countrymen could not be fulfilled.
“I am very frustrated. I waited 10 months to watch this match and the police have kicked me out. At least I managed to sing ‘Jerusalem’,” Lewis had said.
Despite being asked to leave the stadium premises, Rob wanted to get a glimpse of his countrymen which is when he managed to reach another area of a fort near the ground from where he got a view of the happenings inside the stadium.
“Back on the Fort because I work here now,” he said on Twitter without giving an explanation
Further more when Joe Root reached the milestone double century mark, Joe Root acknowledged Rob Lewis’s passion by waving the bat towards him who was on top of a fort cheering for Root all way along.
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