The Delhi smog and air pollution has been taking its toll on Sri Lankan cricket players in the test match that is being held in the nation's capital. As the Sri Lankans donned masks while playing and fell prey to vomiting, the Indian team called the visitor team's concerns 'unnecessary' and 'exaggerated'.
However, as Indian team's Mohammed Shami vomited on the field while bowling and had to go off, it seems that the Sri Lankan team's concerns over pollution may have validity.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who hails from Delhi, admitted that it could be possible that those not accustomed to the Delhi pollution may face difficulty.
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“See, it could be that they (Sri Lanka players) aren’t accustomed to such kind of conditions. There are players even in our side who could struggle," said Dhawan
“But it’s our job (playing) and we have to complete it,” he added.
At least 8 Sri Lanka players took to the field wearing face masks, including cricket majors such as Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal and Lakash Sadakanan. Only the wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and the two new ball bowlers, Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage were spotted without the masks.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the weather condition in the capital.
“What happened to the Swachh Bharat campaign? Sri Lankan cricketers are playing with masks on the field in the Capital. From political pollution to weather pollution, Delhi represents it all," said Banerjee.