New Delhi: Condolences poured in from all quarters of the cricket fraternity after the demise of former England captain Bob Willis. Willis, who spearheaded the England bowling attack for more than a decade, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 70 after a prolonged illness.
Offering condolences to Willis’ family, England pacer Stuart Broad termed him a legend and wrote: “Gutted to hear the news of Bob Willis passing. A lovely person with a great humour who was so proud of England cricket.”
“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!” said Vivian Richards.
“Bob Willis was completely different off-air, to the ‘man off his long run’, on-air! Very very funny man and loved life! He will be missed…,” tweeted Kevin Pietersen.
“Such sad news regarding the legend Bob Willis. An icon of the game I love, growing up as an 11-year-old watching big Bob running down the hill 8/43 at the home of cricket Headingley. I’ll miss you, Bob. A glass of red will be raised tonight,” said Darren Gough.
“Incredibly sad to hear the news about Bob Willis. He was a truly great, generous in sharing his knowledge about the game and a lovely man. RIP Bob,” wrote James Anderson on Twitter.