Sri Lankan team pollution woes left Virat Kohli angry in Delhi
The second day of the Kotla test series in Delhi saw Sri Lankan cricket team players gather negative eyes of not just the Indian Cricket team, but also of the crowd. The ‘BOOs’ started coming in the Feroze Shah Kotla Ground, New Delhi after the smog suspended their playing abilities. There were various occasions which saw the Sri Lankan players to seek help of different authorities on the pitch about them being affected during the play. The players of the Sri Lankan team were playing with their masks on.
On the second day of the test series, the main highlight was when Sri Lankan players stopped playing for a while to gasp for air and Virat Kohli threw his bat away. The Indian skipper managed to stay afloat for very long before the particular incident and managed to nudge away his previous record of scoring 235 runs. This time around, he scored 243 runs, highest any Indian cricket team captain has scored in a test series. The delay in between the match lasted for as long as 17 minutes wherein the Sri Lankan cricket team coaxed the officials present, including the Umpires on-field to suspend the game for the time being due to the presence of smog.
The Umpires on the field, however, did not pay heed to their requests as Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews continued pleading them. They pleaded the players of their team be taken off the field. During this, Suranga Lakmal as well as Lahiru Gamage were seen to be the most affected, since they also aborted their bowling multiple times. Despite all this, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin continued to play with full determination. The drama however unraveled further as the Manager of the Sri Lankan cricket team Asanka Gurusinha came onto the field and started conversing with the Umpired regarding the fatal weather. Coaches of the team too were seen making their way on the field soon after. But they did not manage to make the Umpires agree to anything they said.
Just as all the people gathered in the middle of the field with their concerns, Virat Kohli called his batsmen back, keeping the score for the Indian team 536 for 7 in the end.