Get breaking news alerts from myKhel

Playing condition was tough: Chandimal

By PTI
Dinesh Chandimal

New Delhi, December 6: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Wednesday admitted that it was tough playing in pollution as his team was not used to it but decided to forget about the discomfort after a point and focus on the job at hand.

Chandimal and his team work masks to combat pollution on day two at the Feroze Shah Kotla with some of them falling sick.

"It was a tough time, the thing is, we aren't used to the pollution. That's why we struggled in the first two days," said Chandimal after the third Test ended in a draw here.

"We told the boys, we need to forget about it and play the game. Today was a fantastic day, felt like Sri Lanka. Thanks to the Indians fans too, thanks to Virat and team, wish them well for the tour of South Africa."

In his defence, senior BCCI official Rajiv Shukla said the game could not have been cancelled due to pollution.

"The match cannot be cancelled though pollution is everybody's concern. Nobody knew the situation would be like what it was before the game started," said Shukla.

Delhi's viability as an international sports venue had been called into question after Sri Lankan players complained of breathing problems due to smog and wore anti-pollution masks on two days in the third Test.

The second day's play in the match was halted for 26 minutes after the Sri Lankans complained of breathing problems, forcing Indian captain Virat Kohli to declare the innings at 536/7.

On Tuesday (December 5) the Lankan players wore N95 masks, required to protect the lungs from the poor air quality that has plagued the national capital for years now.

Pacer Suranga Lakmal had a rough time on the field after bowling three overs. Fielding at third man, he started throwing up on the ground and was taken off.

For Quick Alerts
Subscribe Now
For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS
For Daily Alerts

    Love Cricket? Prove it! Play myKhel Fantasy Cricket here

    Story first published: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 20:52 [IST]
    Other articles published on Dec 6, 2017
    India's LARGEST EVER political poll. Have you participated yet?
    POLLS
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Mykhel sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Mykhel website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more