Poor air quality affected the Sri Lankan players during the second day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. The cricketers were seen wearing masks at the post lunch session. Delhi in recent times has been notorious for having levels of pollution.
It must be mentioned though, some players did not cover their mouths and noses and are seen having the mask hanging on their necks. Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav were among the few Indian players who did not take any chances and fell back on a breathing mask.
The match was held up several times and a total of about 16 minutes were spent on players having deep conversations with the on field umpires. Around 30 minutes after the post-lunch session, play was halted for another 10-12 minutes when Sri Lankan player Lahiru Gamage began coughing between his overs.
Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal, along with Angelo Mathews, Roshan Silva and Suranga Lakmal were the few players fielding with pollution masks on post lunch when play resumed. Earlier, Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav was spotted with a similar pollution mask on the bench along with fielding coach R Sreedhar. In the first session Lakmal suffered but he carried on after having a drink. The playing conditions were also unsuitable due to the presence of haze.
India declared their innings at 536/7 with Virat Kohli top scoring at 243. Sri Lanka ended their day with 131 runs on board with the loss of three. Angelo Mathews is the lead scorer with an unbeaten 57.Delhi has witnessed a sharp drop in temperature since last week, as it approaches the winter season, but unfortunately, the city's air pollution levels continue to rise. Last year, the infamous Delhi smog forced the cancellation of two Ranji Trophy fixtures.