Virender Sehwag has slammed Sri Lankan players for wearing masks and complaining about smog on the second day of the Delhi Test, calling it a pre-planned strategy, the DNA reported today.
He said that the it was meant to stop Virat Kohli from scoring a triple century.
While speaking to a TV channel after the day's play, Sehwag said, "It was all a strategy against Virat Kohli. They wanted to stop him as it seemed that he was inching towards his triple century."
"They could have requested the BCCI to host the match in some other city two days before the match if they felt uncomfortable. But it seems like it was all a plan to stop Kohli from reaching 300 runs," he added.
Sehwag said that the Sri Lankan players 'acted' really well. He explained, "When they came to bat, they didn’t wear masks. Did the pollution level reduce all of a sudden then? It was the same. Indian players batted in the same condition and they were all good."
Sehwag recalled how this is not the first time Sri Lankans have done something against the spirit of cricket. He said, "This is not the first time that Sri Lankans behave like this. In 2010, they bowled no-ball while was batting on 99 and we needed 1 run to win."
He added, "This is not sportsmanship conduct. Match referee should give his report to the ICC regarding the matter that went down."
Behind in the match and struggling in the conditions, several Sri Lankan players returned from the lunch break sporting facemasks as the seasonal haze affecting the region thickened over the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
The smog eventually held up play twice and 22 minutes was lost in total as Lahiru Gamage and his pace colleague Suranga Lakmal both left the field during the second session as they found it difficult to breathe.
Umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson were discussing the air quality with the tourists when Kohli declared India's first innings.
Labby Monday, 4 December 2017 12:50
Shewag thanks, but we turn down your invitation to live in the most unhygienic conditions of Delhi.
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Shan Monday, 4 December 2017 18:24
Sehwag was worried of Kholi breaking his record. Sehwag is also visually impaired.
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Lankaboy Monday, 4 December 2017 21:41
He was worried about Kohl breaking his records. Now talking as if he was sad that Kohl did not hit 300....Well Shewag, we know psychology. One question for you.. why then umpires wore mask? even they wanted Kohli not to score 300?? stupid Indians
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marcellinolewis Monday, 4 December 2017 13:06
Wearing mask to stop triple century ??? LOL. Now you wear mask to stop the partnership. The whole world talks about the pollution levels in New Delhi. Unfortunately Sehwag is not aware about what the world is taking about.
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pradeep Monday, 4 December 2017 14:44
whole world is talking but SL players know only after landing in Delhi and Kholi is steering towards a triple ton
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nick Monday, 4 December 2017 13:10
this guy is a uneducated so no use of listening to his crap via DM Android App
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Sprag Monday, 4 December 2017 13:11
Mate shwag... its your city is poluted its nothing to do with koli performane... dont talk shit..
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Kadmin Monday, 4 December 2017 13:16
After a long time I'm with our SL players on this instance. Shewag just showing his class. Better not speak more.
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Yahiya Monday, 4 December 2017 13:26
IF CONDITION WORSE MATCH MUST STOP. ENTIRE WORD MUST THINK OF POLLUTION.
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ravishan Monday, 4 December 2017 13:30
Shewag, by nature Srilankans don't chase nor worry about personnel records or nos.If the mask episode was pre planned to stop kohli from getting his triple hundred, it simple exposes your immaturity.
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SAM SPARROW Monday, 4 December 2017 13:46
Ok Shewag, we know you still exist. Wrong place to make a come back. Failed.
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Ram Monday, 4 December 2017 13:56
Even Indian players were seen with masks and I guess Sehwag must get his eyes tested
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Ranjanie Monday, 4 December 2017 14:03
appreciate the fact that we are touring the land that is one big highway of toilets.
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Mahir Monday, 4 December 2017 14:21
I don't think it was a ploy against Kohli, if India had asked SL team in advance, they might have allowed even Ishanth Sharma to score a triple hundred.
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MD.Engineer Monday, 4 December 2017 14:21
The current levels of PM2.5 and PM10 in Delhi are extremely hazardous; hence, SL Team has every right to abandon the play citing health concerns. I just informed the matter to the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket as well - MD.Engineer
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HalfD Monday, 4 December 2017 15:20
CEO couldn't smell it before organize the tour?Now there r two centurians, half good of Kohil and avoid follow on.
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Anjana Monday, 4 December 2017 14:42
Hello Shewag, If our players stopped play because of the kohli inching towards triple century.Then y? allowed kohli to take a lunch break?And most importantly our players always breath fresh air in our country.But it's not difficult your players because they are used to it.For our boys it is difficult.Our country never not polluted like your country.So talk shit of it.
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mnmsrT Monday, 4 December 2017 14:44
and we have enough problems with your Tuk Tuks, maruti and high emission Tata in Sri Lanka too
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alex Monday, 4 December 2017 14:46
why no mask when batting
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suresh Monday, 4 December 2017 14:51
SL team thinks this is Bata school cricket
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mad team Monday, 4 December 2017 14:58
better sri lankan team play with decent players like Pakistan, NZ,and ENG. Indian is a mad team
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Nishzz Monday, 4 December 2017 18:29
Just because you can't even dream of winning a single against an opponent, the opponent becomes mad...Hilarious..
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lafiri Monday, 4 December 2017 15:49
Shut up you imbecile. probably its ok for Sehwag and Co because you guys are exposed and immune to the most unhygienic of conditions and pollution levels but we Sri Lankans are different as we breathe much cleaner air.
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Alston Monday, 4 December 2017 16:05
Shewag is right; Had the Indian cricketers seen Meetotamulla Garbage dump they would laugh at us
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Ajja Monday, 4 December 2017 16:20
Meanwhile, the Air Quality Index(AQI) in Delhi continues to be hazardous. The Central Pollution Control Board reported Monday reading in Delhi to be in the 350-plus range which is "very poor." According to Sid Monga Cricinfor who is at Kotla, the ground conditions feel worse than Sunday...So borgey Man Sehwag you are hatred comments are Null and Void......
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Hubert Monday, 4 December 2017 16:22
Worst cricket venue in the world what this donkey is talking about
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dulan Monday, 4 December 2017 16:27
he has a point about the century been denied. How did Mathews and Chandimal score centuries without face masks?
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nick Monday, 4 December 2017 18:03
seriously this guy is a utter garbage tried to be a Indian coach now i know why they didnt give this fellow via DM Android App
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Mason Monday, 4 December 2017 18:10
This is a very poor stunt by the Sri Lankans. Did they not know before the tour that there was a high level of smog in Delhi ? Did it not affect them whilst they were batting !
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Anjana Tuesday, 5 December 2017 12:45
Our boys never experience like before.you should blame SLC not players before selecting the venue.while batting it won't affect.One Indian Doctor told for other country players it is difficult not for Indians.Our players it is anyway difficult.pls don't do laundry to Indians.
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Hora Monday, 4 December 2017 18:19
Look who is talking about sportmenship and sprit of the game.
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prasannah Monday, 4 December 2017 18:38
this guy is so immature. He almost forgot how he kicked the ball over the boundary line to avoid Amla from getting strike and the umpire awarded the 4 and also allowed Amla to cross for a single to change side.How immature Shewag, you idiot.
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WhomToTellandCry Tuesday, 5 December 2017 12:11
I was about to write the same thing, damn hypocrite.
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Ranjit Monday, 4 December 2017 18:39
SL should not play any matches in New Delhi
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Imran Monday, 4 December 2017 18:46
There was a problem in wearing the mask. But I would say it's nothing to do with Virat's Triple century..if they really felt bad they should have protested against that...We all know that sri lanka's performance is not in their best..but we srilankan's are far better than indian attitudes...All world knows about the most unprofessional and most stinky and indecent india...
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Jayadun Monday, 4 December 2017 20:54
Cricket Australia took a decision not to play in Delhi several years ago and never played there after taking that decision. But our tour organizers did not know this issue.
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Clueless Tuesday, 5 December 2017 06:01
This guy has less than 3k twitter followers. Kohli has over 20m. He is trying to ride on kohli's popularity by talking rubbish.
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True Sri Lankan Tuesday, 5 December 2017 11:08
Most of the Indians are used to live in garbage, so they expect others to do as same. Nonsense.
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pradeep Tuesday, 5 December 2017 15:59
just like you true srilankan living on meethotamulla garbage dump
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Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:19
Well, Sehwag. You have to understand that Sri Lankans are not used to live in mud holes without toilets like the Indians, and that is why they preferred to wear masks.
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Rahul Tuesday, 5 December 2017 17:10
Yes but you have no problems living next to the Meetotamulla garbage dump. Hypocrite.
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reez Tuesday, 5 December 2017 14:35
Shewag this is your countryman speeking : Here's what KK Agarwal, the president of Indian Medical Association has been quoted as saying by Times of India: "Players from other countries will not be able to breathe in the current situation. Our players might be accustomed to it, but they still shout not be exposed to such air quality. It is dangerous and medically not advisable. The Sri Lankan players were right to protest."
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MS Dhoni Tuesday, 5 December 2017 15:43
DelhiThe national capital is the most polluted city in India and also 2nd most polluted city in the world. It is indeed a matter of concern as the pollution is making millions of people vulnerable to physical ailments.Harmful particles less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5): 153µg/m3Harmful particles less than 10 micrometres (PM10): 286µg/m3
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alex Tuesday, 5 December 2017 16:00
then why was another team boarding the flight last night(only stopped by Dayasiri for a different reason)
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Ishika Tuesday, 5 December 2017 16:57
According to sewagh shami wants india to lose the match.so he spends a few minutes vomitimg.Don't talk bull shit stupid uneducated fool.
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Lasitha Muhandira Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:50
He should stick to what he is famous for, playing cricket and not comment on thing he has no scientific knowledge of.
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