In an unusual course of events, the third Test between India and Sri Lanka was halted because of the harmful pollution levels in the national capital. The match was stopped at regular intervals as the Sri Lankan players felt difficult to breathe and did not feel well. Several Sri Lankan players were unwell and vomited during the match, and the left the fielding Sri Lankan side to 10 men at one stage.Image Courtesy: Twitter
This situation presented a unique scenario in front of the ICC as the governing body does not have any provision for such instances. Many pundits have criticized the Sri Lankan fielders for using the situation as a tactic to deny Virat Kohli his first triple hundred. However, Sri Lankan head coach Nic Pothas has come to his player’s defence and has said that it was unfair on his players to field in such situation.Pothas had a brief chat with Nigel Llong on the field during the stoppage. Photo Credit: Getty Images,
Pothas revealed that oxygen cylinders were arranged in the dressing room for the players as the players felt uneasy to breathe:
Nigel Llong is explaining the matter to Lankan players after brief delays. Photo Credit: BCCI.
Talking about the decision made by the official:
Revealing the fact that three Lankan players vomited during the day’s play:
The play was stopped multiple times. Photo Credit: BCCI
He also raised question over third day’s play and said: