Delhi’s pollution seems to be in the limelight again because of a recent match delay. Players played the game wearing face masks and some also left the field ground to vomit in the third Test between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi.
The news of heavy pollution in Delhi has covered all the big newspapers after this incident. The majority of the Lankan players returned to the ground from the second day’s break wearing facemasks. It seems that because of the seasonal haze, the game got affected. The seasonal haze affected the region as it thickened over the Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.
The second session of the game witnessed two stoppages in between of 17 and 5 minutes as Lahiru Gamage and his colleague Suranga Lakmal both left the field because they both were finding it difficult to breathe.
“It’s well documented that Delhi has a very high level of pollution,” Srilankan coach Nic Pothas said afterwards, calling it a “unique case”.
Indian coach, Ravi Shastri entered the ground for a chat with the umpires to understand the actual smog condition.
Arun seems to be less than sympathetic to the Sri Lankan side, saying it was “their issue to keep their bowlers fit” and that’s why India was forced to declare its innings.
Still, it’s quite difficult to say when Delhi would get rid of this smog issue. Every winter, the capital city faces the same problem. Probably, in a month or two, as the time passes, there should be some sight of relief for Delhi.
Somebody on Twitter commented that it’s a matter of shame for Delhi that players had to wear masks to play the game. Let’s hope Delhi gets rid of this situation soon and people of Delhi gain access to clean air.