Delhi Pollution Takes A Toll On Sri Lankan Cricketers, Play Wearing Face Masks

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| December 3 , 2017 , 14:30 IST

The national capital of India is engulfed in the blanket of smog which has become an evil for not just the residents but also the tourists. While the Delhiites are facing the horrible circumstances of stingy eye burns, dry coughing and unbearable headaches, the outsiders stationed in the city are not immune to the air pollution.

Delhi's pollution has now taken a toll on the Sri Lankan cricketers who are currently playing the third test against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Cricket majors like Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal and Lakash Sadakanan were seen wearing face masks to safeguard their health from the ever-rising pollution level during the match on Sunday.

The commentators Sanjay Manjrekar and Russel Arnold were irked by the cricketers playing while wearing masks and argued that the Sri Lankan bowlers won't be able to play to their full capacity due to restraints. They further commented that the Indian players serving water on the field were also seen wearing masks.

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Sri Lankan pacer Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal started coughing and panting on the field due to the unbearable pollution level which worried the umpires, who then called for a break to discuss the concerns with both team's captains. While Sri Lankan captain was against playing in these conditions, medical teams gave them a go-ahead signal to continue the match.

Within the 10 minutes of match continuation, Gamage once again complaint of medical agitation which annoyed the Indian skipper. The constant interruptions were bothering Virat which made him lose his wicket for LBW on 243 on Sadakanan’s delivery. Following Lakal's exit from the field due to health issues, Kohli has had enough.

With each interruption, Captian Kohli’s patience level was running thinner, which resulted in him declaring the innings with 536 runs on the board. Never had an International match has been held due to pollution before and the "severe" Air Quality Index level of New Delhi is not making the situation easier for the cricketers,