- Sri Lankan players protested the poor air condition
- Some players vomited on the pitch
- They came out to field wearing masks
- Delhi fears losing winter matches
- NGT pulls up AAP for not taking sufficient measures
The Sri Lankan cricket team who have already lost two test matches this series and are on the brink of losing another one pulled out all theatrics as they look to escape another defeat by sly means. Coming out to field on the fourth day of the fourth and final test match being played in Delhi, Sri Lankan cricketers wore masks at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday to guard themselves from Delhi’s dangerous air pollution. Having pulled out the same tactics on Day 2 of the test match, Sri Lanka who have failed in all three departments of the game have now resorted to dirty tricks and have ended up finding the best possible excuse to give when they lose the match and the series.
Coming out to field on Day 1 of the match the visitors had no problems with the air condition as they fielded without any masks and complaints. It was only on Day 2 when India had put on 500 plus and captain Virat Kohli was on the brink was posting a 250 run plus score that the Lankans suddenly started complaining of the air pollution levels. The move was extremely surprising given that the air pollution levels recorded in Delhi had fallen on Day 2 of the match as compared to Day 1. The move was criticised throughout India and the cricketing world who clearly caught on to Lanka’s tactics of avoiding a defeat and brining an early end to play.
However Delhi’s toxic air ended up halting the third Test between India and Sri Lanka for around 20 minutes when thick haze brought the visibility down after the lunch interval and is arguably the first time an international game was disrupted by pollution. With the pollution levels rising The National Green Tribunal was forced to intervene in the matter. They pulled up the Delhi government on Monday for not filing a comprehensive action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution, criticising the authorities for holding the India-Sri Lanka cricket match despite bad air quality.
Despite the air pollution being a problem the way the Sri Lankan team has taken up the matter has been extremely unsportsman like and left the Indians extremely disappointed. What now remains to be seen is if the Lankans came save the test match owing to this tactic or if the Indians will sweep the series 3-0.
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