SL players struggle due to Delhi pollution; wear face masks

2017-12-03 13:03:25

Delhi pollution has become a menace for the residents of Delhi in recent months. And on Sunday, it came to affect the Sri Lankan players during the Test against India at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

Coming back from lunch, several Sri Lankan cricketers including captain Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal and Lakash Sadakanan were seen spotting gas masks on the field. The sight of seeing cricketers with the masks bothered the commentators Sanjay Manjrekar and Russel Arnold who said it will get difficult to play with the masks. They further said that seamers will particularly face difficulty while bowling.

Manjrekar further said that Indian players, who came on the field to give water to the players, were also seen with the masks before. Sri Lankan pacer Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal felt particularly bothered by the pollution and starting panting while bowling. A break was called on by the umpires to discuss the playing conditions at Kotla after Gamage started coughing while bowling.

Both the captains discussed with umpires whether the game should be continued as Chandimal stressed his players were not comfortable on the field. The third umpire and match referee were also appraised of the situation and medical teams were brought on the field to take a look at whether the players can continue to play.

After plenty of discussions, which lasted for about 15 minutes, Sri Lankan fielders went back to their fielding positions, still wearing masks and the game was resumed again. It is the first time ever in the history of international cricket that a Test match was held up due to pollution concerns.(The Indian Express)

  Comments - 13

  • Sincere Sunday, 3 December 2017 14:19

    I'm sure they can adapt to the pollution situation in Delhi, because they all have got used to the pollution in the main cricket house here!

    Reply : 2       18

    Anja Sunday, 3 December 2017 14:23

    Asked for un arranged tour now feeling the heat from every aspect asking and eating via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       12

    niv Sunday, 3 December 2017 14:39

    Well, good reason to justify for the poor bowling and mask to show they will have hard time to bat obviously they know they are going to score less.

    Reply : 4       18

    Kev bat Sunday, 3 December 2017 15:02

    Poor Sri Lankan team always look for a reason.

    Reply : 11       18

    palle Sunday, 3 December 2017 15:35

    A good option for SL cricket team, whether it is pollution or not.

    Reply : 2       14

    Arnold Sunday, 3 December 2017 16:31

    Have to wear gas masks when visiting India due to all the public defecation goes on there.

    Reply : 12       16

    Hautaum Sunday, 3 December 2017 16:33

    So,needs to check up pollution level of stadium prior to the play as fitness is very important at any games.

    Reply : 0       14

    Unchikun Sunday, 3 December 2017 16:45

    Indian captain made 250 runs and no fuss. Sri Lanka played are born with a silver spoon, Ah!

    Reply : 15       21

    Jaliya Monday, 4 December 2017 14:22

    All these players were born in a country that has a similar levels of smog,,, these are a group of wimps with no backbone, when mixed up with pretender attitude like many of other sri lankans ..... you know what I mean they pretend that they are from the alps of France where no smog or pollution just to show their vulnerability to pollution. Just send them near Maradana railway station for an hour before the next match with India

    Reply : 5       10

    kaboos Monday, 4 December 2017 09:53

    Sri Lanka team look for solution to come out from heavy defeat in the name of pollution.. Good escape for professional cricketers.

    Reply : 6       6

    Tejus Monday, 4 December 2017 10:10

    SriLankan players have brought shame to Lanka . Shame !!

    Reply : 6       6

    Terminator> Monday, 4 December 2017 11:51

    Pollution has worked well for Indian batsman to make higher scores even without mask.

    Reply : 5       6

    Rosh fdo Thursday, 7 December 2017 17:51

    Pls admit it as a fact bcos we saw how they suffered it .....despite all odds they managed to save the game .....great effort finally ......

    Reply : 0       0

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