The second day of the final India-Sri Lanka test match saw players fielding on the pitch with pollution masks on.

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news Pollution Sunday, December 03, 2017 - 18:38

The final test match between India and Sri Lanka was halted at least twice on its second day. The reason is probably one of the most bizarre (and saddest) ones in the history of Indian cricket.

The match, which was being held at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi, had to be stopped because the players were just not able to breathe, thanks to the high levels of pollution in the city.

Several Sri Lankan players were spotted wearing pollution masks while fielding. The high pollution levels and deteriorating air quality was clearly making things difficult for players, particularly pacers Lahingu Gamage and Suranga Lakmal. Both of them struggled to bowl, after which the umpires stopped the game to discuss their health concerns.

The break was called for as Gamage started coughing while bowling. Following a discussion with the captains, the umpires and match referee instructed the medical team to check the players’ health.

After a 20-minute break, the game resumed only to be stopped after 10 minutes as a distressed Gamage again left the pitch for a medical check-up.

Shortly after that, Lakal too left the pitch complaining of ill-health, forcing the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to declare innings at 536 runs.  

The Air Quality Index (AQI) level in New Delhi on Sunday was registered as “hazardous”, with PM 2.5 level measured at 316 by aqin.org. The safe PM2.5 limit is considered to be between 51 and 100.

 

 

 

 

Prominent journalist Shekhar Gupta suggested that cricket in Delhi should be held off until things improve. 

 

 

However, a few Indian cricket fans weren’t convinced. They felt that it was a deliberate act by the Sri Lankan players to draw the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, Kohli hit his sixth double century, surpassing West Indies legend Brian Lara’s record of most centuries as captain. He also beat Don Bradman’s record of scoring three double centuries in two successive calendar years. 

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