Social Media Rages Against Sri Lankan Cricketers for Wearing Masks at Kotla
The Third Test match between India and Sri Lanka witnessed an unfortunate event as the match was disrupted due to the unbearable levels of smog and air pollution in the capital city.
Sri Lanka's players gather wearing anti-pollution masks during the second day of their third test cricket match in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
While our Indian cricketers are exhibiting their top game in the capital city, it cannot be denied that our capital is also topping the charts when it comes to pollution.
The national capital has been plagued with the problem of smog and pollution a problem in recent weeks. So bad was the situation in the recent past that it was a pollution emergency with toxic smog hanging over the city for more than a few days.
Day 2 of the third and final Test match between India and Sri Lanka was witness to a unique and an unfortunate event at the Ferozeshah Kotla. The visiting Lankans brought out their masks as they were having a hard time dealing with the pollution and smog that engulfed the national capital. The unhappy Lankans made their point clear to both the on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson at several points when they forced the play to be stopped at regular intervals with complaints against the conditions.
Of course, social media found a funny side to this and poked fun at the Sri Lankan players.
The last time Srilankans saw such poor air quality, Hanuman was in Lanka. #INDvSL— Vighnesh Rane. (@Vighrane01) December 3, 2017
Delhiites who are screwing Sri Lanka today:1. Virat Kohli2. Ishant Sharma3. Pollution— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) December 3, 2017
Tchah. Why declare? Kohli could have simply worn a mask and come to bat as Shami.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 3, 2017
Then : Bowl a no ball to deny @virendersehwag a century. Now : Wear masks, blame pollution and cause distuption to escape from getting butchered. Just Sri Lankan Things. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/Q8d4FjFvLO— Trollywood (@TrollywoodOffl) December 3, 2017
Shami strikes with first delivery of Sri Lankan innings. Masks wont be able to protect them now 😂😂😂#INDvSL— tabiya (@TaniyaSharma777) December 3, 2017
Given the poor quality of the city's air and the gravity of the situation, many came forward to defend the visiting team.
Play called off due to pollution is up there on the embarrassment scale with that time at Sabina Park where the match was abandoned due to dangerous pitch.— Sahil Rizwan (@SahilRiz) December 3, 2017
To all the Indians who said Sri Lankans are cowards to wear masks, here are few pics of your own people covering their faces due to Delhi pollution. It’s currently on very unhealthy stage and India must take actions before these innocent people suffer even more. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/GtO3uWrnwc— Sakun Sankalana ⚓️ (@Sakun_SD) December 3, 2017
Dettol's Siti Shield that manufactures pollution masks even came ahead with a solution.
Hi, Your players are using a surgical mask which's ineffective against the PM 2.5 particle pollution. If you're serious, we'll send you 11 Dettol Sitishield N95 masks (98% protection against PM2.5) so that there's no reason to stop the game, and delay India's series win ;)— DETTOL SiTi SHIELD (@SiTiShield) December 3, 2017
BCCI President CK Khanna later added that the visitors were making an unnecessary fuss. “If 20,000 people in the stands did not have problem and the Indian team did not face any issue, I wonder why Sri Lankan team made a big fuss. I will need to talk to the secretary and ask him to write to the Sri Lanka Cricket.”
In a recent video shared by Virat Kohli, the star batsman made it a point to talk about the smog and the pollution. Kohli, who is from the national capital took to social media to ask the people of the city to help reduce the toxic pollution and smog cover over the city.
In a video posted by Kohli on Twitter, he describes measures that the public could adopt to help our environment.
"Hi guys! We all know what the situation of pollution is like in Delhi, I wanted to bring your attention towards it because a lot of people are debating as to what’s causing it. But what are we actually doing about it? Agar hume yeh match jeetna hai pollution ke against, hum sab ko saath mein mil ke khelna hoga. Kyunki hum sabki zimmedaari hai pollution ko kam karna. Specially jo log Delhi mein rehte hain, un sabki yeh responsibility hai."
"If we have to win this match against the pollution, we all have to come forward and fight against it. It is our responsibility to reduce the pollution levels. Especially the people from Delhi, it's their responsibility."
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