New Delhi: Ongoing test match between India and Sri Lanka saw bizarre scenes yesterday when play was halted for a while due to pollution. All Sri Lankan fielders were fielding with a mask and with bowlers complaining of breathlessness, Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal and the coaching staff requested the umpires to stop the play. However, once India declared, Sri Lankan batsmen suddenly found the air fit to breathe and strode out to bat and play continued for the rest of the day without any further pollution related interruptions.
When Chandimal was asked after the day’s play if he will ever return to Delhi to play cricket, the Sri Lankan captain said ,”Well, obviously. If the pollution levels drop then I will be happy to return here to play cricket. There are several ways to do it. Virat Kohli can take a rest during the next test match at Kotla, or he can get injured and miss the entire series. However, the best way to make Delhi fit for cricket again is offering me a Million Dollar IPL contract. I am sure Delhi’s air will improve drastically after that and I will be able to play in Delhi throughout the IPL season.”
When asked why didn’t Kohli suffer any breathing issues despite batting for over 6 hours in the same air, Chandimal said ,”He may not have felt it but we were sure that his lungs must be getting damaged as well. That is why we requested him several times to get out but he refused to listen to us.”
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has requested BCCI to organize the matches of next India-Sri Lanka series in Ladakh so that the pollution levels don’t disrupt his charge towards his maiden triple hundred.