Taking the field on Day two of the third Test at the Headingley in Leeds against India, England left the cricket fans curious by wearing the black armbands. It is learned that the Englishmen are sporting the black armbands as a mark of respect for the former England skipper Ted Dexter.
Dexter breathed his last on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. One of the greatest ever English cricketers dies peacefully at the age of 86 in a hospice in Wolverhampton. Thus, to honor the sportsman and acknowledge his contribution to England cricket, the entire team sported the armbands. Dexter donned the England jersey for as many as 62 times in the cricket career that lasted for almost a decade.
In 62 Test matches, the legendary players smashed 4502 runs including nine centuries and one double century. He also picked 66 wickets at 34.9 as a right-arm seamer for the England side. Dexter captained India in 30 of his 62 Test matches.
Team India suffered an annihilation against England on Day one
India had the momentum on their side after they defeated the hosts at the Lord’s in a stunning fashion by 151 runs. However, the Virat Kohli-led side failed to capitalize on the opportunity as they succumbed to a dismal outing on day one of the third Test at the Headingley in Leeds.
Opting to bat first, the Indian batting unit crumbled like a pack of cards. James Anderson tore apart India’s backbone by scalping the wickets of Kohli, KL Rahul, and Cheteshwar Pujara. Anderson was aptly supported by Craig Overton who also picked a three-wicket haul. Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran returned with two wickets each.
At the end of the first innings, India found themselves reeling at 78 runs. Rohit Sharma was the highest run-scorer for the team with 19 runs under his belt from 105 deliveries.