Mumbai players opt to wear masks during the Ranji Trophy game in pollution-hit Delhi
Earlier the touring Sri Lankan players had also opted to wear masks while playing at the Kotla.
Updated - Nov 4, 2018 8:16 pm
When Sri Lankan cricketers complained of putrefying air conditions at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi during their Test series in India last year end, not many were amused. The Indian fans had also ridiculed the visitors saying they were looking for escape routes as Indian captain Virat Kohli was in a murderous form in that game. Now, a domestic team repeated the actions which says that the Islanders’ action last year was not really out of place.
Delhi has been in the news for its poor air quality for some time now and it has turned worse recently with the farmers in the neighbouring states burning the post-harvest crops. Cricketers of the Mumbai team are currently in the capital for their first Ranji Trophy assignment of the 2018-19 season and they are playing the Railways.
The players were forced to wear face masks to protect themselves from the bad air quality and as per Mumbai coach Vinayak Samant, the team’s fast bowler Tushar Deshpande was also keeping unwell, according to a report in Latestly.
“Tushar is not feeling well. He has been vomiting and complaining of a headache and fever since he arrived in Delhi,” Samant was quoted as saying.
Cricket commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle also took to Twitter after Mumbai batsman Siddhesh Lad was seen batting with a black mask on to protect himself from the polluted air. He said Sri Lankan cricketers too had complained about the same last year but were mocked by some people.
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Interesting picture of Siddhesh Lad batting with a pollution protection mask in Delhi. Still remember how some people ridiculed the Sri Lankans last year when they complained and played in masks.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 2, 2018
Lad’s picture also went viral on the Internet and caught the attention of people. Cricketers were also seen practising at the venue with their masks on, raising serious alarms over the level of air pollution in Delhi.
Mumbai-Railways match ends in a draw
The Mumbai-Railways match ended in a draw after Mumbai took a 104-run lead in the first innings and were 321 for 5 in the second essay. While Lad scored two half-centuries in either inning – 99 and 76 – Mumbai pacer Tushar Deshpande was picked as the man of the match for taking 6 wickets for 70 in the first innings.