Sourav Ganguly expressed his disgust over the way the Sri Lankan team behaved during Day 2 of the 3rd Test at Delhi. Ganguly is currently the President of Cricket Association of Bengal and is considered to be a knowledgeable mind in the cricketing circuit.
So here is what happened:
The Sri Lankan players donned masks during Day 2 of the 3rd Test as a protection against the smog. The play was held up for 17 minutes when Virat Kohli was on 240 unbeaten. The halt really frustrated the Indian captain as he had his sight on a maiden triple hundred. The Sri Lankan players complained of eye-irritation and visibility issues. The umpires, after having a long discussion, allowed the play to continue. But it seemed the break did not help a set Virat Kohli as he departed soon after the halt for 243 runs.
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The SL players still did not budge as they continued to halt the play. Virat Kohli was finally compelled to declare as he did not want to waste any time in the Test match as India had got ample runs on the board. India declared at 536 for 7.
Speaking to India Today, former skipper Sourav Ganguly said,
Virat Kohli and the team management saw that the game is going away from their hands, they are losing time and they declared. Virat lost his concentration, the purpose of the game and got out. But when they (Sri Lanka) came out to bat, I didn’t see any mask on all of those five batsmen who were at the crease. Nobody had the mask and if you look at the pavilion they were sitting in, there was no mask either. So, I don’t know how everything changed in such a quick time. If Gamage and Lakmal were running it with a mask, even Angelo Mathews was running for ones and twos. It’s the same thing. What surprised me is that they never complained, wore the mask or made a show off it. That’s the worrying bit and I hope the intentions were not bad.
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As we speak, Sri Lanka is 205 for 3. Sri Lanka trail by 331 runs with 7 wickets remaining in the 1st innings. Angelo Matthews has come to the visitors’ rescue as he is still batting on 98, along with Dinesh Chandimal who is on 57.
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