The Indian team wore black armbands to commemorate the legendary sprinter Milkha Singh who died on Friday.© AFP
The Indian team wore black armbands as they took to the pitch on the 2nd day of the World Test Championship (WTC) final to pay tribute to Milkha Singh, the legendary Indian sprinter who died on Friday at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Milkha Singh died of post-Covid complications in early June at Chandigarh Hospital. The Indian Cricket Control Commission (BCCI) tweeted shortly after the start of the game on Saturday that the team was wearing black armbands “in memory of Milkha Singhji who died of COVID-19”.
– BCCI (@BCCI) June 19, 2021
Milkha Singh tested positive for COVID-19 in May and was admitted to a private hospital in Chandigarh on May 24 because they were suffering from COVID pneumonia. On June 3 he was taken to the Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.
Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal Kaur, who was also suffering from COVID pneumonia, died last Monday.
“We would like to inform you with great sadness that Milkha Singh Ji died at 11:30 pm on June 18, 2021,” Milkha Singh’s family said in a statement.
“He fought hard but God has his ways and maybe it was true love and friendship that our mother Nirmal ji and now father died within 5 days.”
In Southampton, the first day of the WTC final was clear due to rain. There was no draw on the opening day due to heavy rain.
On Day 2, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the draw and chose to go to the first pitch.
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