The BARMEST of the Barmy Army! English cricket fan pulls out ‘Jerusalem’ on iconic Galle Fort as he watches the first Test after traveling to Sri Lanka last MARCH to watch series that never leave during the pandemic afterwards
- English fan Rob Lewis traveled to Sri Lanka 10 months ago to watch cricket
- But after the original Test series was canceled, the 37-year-old never left
- His patience was rewarded when the first test took place in Galle on Thursday
- Lewis hung banners on the fort, but local police told him he could not stay
English fan Rob Lewis caused a stir for the first test in Sri Lanka when the member of the Barmy Army shouted the words to ‘Jerusalem’ before being kicked off the iconic Galle Fort by police!
The 37-year-old – a web designer from Surrey – traveled to Sri Lanka last March for the original Test series before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Still, Lewis remained in Sri Lanka hoping that Joe Root’s team would tour soon and 10 months later his patience was rewarded and videotaped as he single-handedly signed England’s iconic cricket song.
English cricket fan Rob Lewis is in Sri Lanka and wanted to check out the test at the iconic Galle Fort
Lewis single-handedly sang the words to “Jerusalem” – before the police said he couldn’t stay!
“I’ve been to Sri Lanka all along on the basis of blind faith, a wing and a prayer,” Lewis recalled The times on Wednesday.
“I thought,” Oh, this coronavirus lasts a month. I’ll stay in that month and see what happens. ” But it rumbled on… there was never a moment when I thought I had to go home. ‘
Lewis has been able to financially support his stay in Sri Lanka since March and hoped to be able to view the entire Test from the fort before the match.
However, he tweeted on Thursday that after hanging banners all morning, local police arrived and told him to take them down and leave.
“I could get annoyed about the money I spend on rent at home,” Lewis said AFP yesterday. But it’s offset by the cheaper cost of living here.
Lewis traveled to Sri Lanka 10 months ago but decided never to leave despite the pandemic
‘Luckily enough as it is Galle, we have the beautiful fort to look at (from).
“I’m going to print some hymn pages and try to get as many people as possible to help me sing ‘Jerusalem.’
Had he witnessed any action he would have been pleased with what he saw when England took three wickets in the morning session.