This morning, we woke up to the sad news of former England cricket captain Bob Willis' passing. He was70. The fast bowler breathed his last after a short illness. The former captain has headlined his team between 1982 and 1984 and has played in 90 Test matches. On Wednesday, his family announced the news of his sad demise. Their statement read, “We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an incredible husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He made a huge impact on everybody he knew and we will miss him terribly."
Soon after the news was out, people of the cricket world took to social media to pay their condolences. Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, “Such sad news. Bob was an English legend, inspired a generation of fast bowlers around the world & was a good bloke. RIP mate #bobwillis #RIPBob #englandcricket #FBC” Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle wrote, “The cricket world will mourn the death of Bob Willis; top cricketer, straight talking analyst on @SkyCricket. #RIP”
West Indies cricketer Sir Vivian Richards tweeted, “@ivivianrichards Such a sad time for cricket fans all around the world. Rest In Peace Bob. You shall be remembered forever for what you have done on the pitch! #BobWillis”
Pakistani cricketer Azhar Mahmood expressed, “Extremely sad to hear the news of #BobWillis who passed away. What a bowler of his time and a great pundit on tv. Will surely be missed. Condolences and prayers for his family.”
Extremely sad to hear the news of #BobWillis who passed away. What a bowler of his time and a great pundit on tv. Will surely be missed. Condolences and prayers for his family.— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) December 4, 2019
Brian Lara, “A remarkable human being.“ Bob, you were truly one of the greats of this beautiful game. R.I.P. #BobWillis” Sourav Ganguly, “So sad at the news of bob Willis .. may his soul rest in peace .. love to his entire family @bcci @SkyCricket @nassercricket .. India Will miss a stalwart ..” Indian cricketer VVS Laxman, “Saddened at the news of the passing away of #BobWillis. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Bollywood actor Rahul Bose tweeted, “Will never forget his bowling in the ‘76-‘77 series in India. Rest in peace. #BobWillis”