The third and final Test at Delhi’s iconic Feroz Shah Kotla was centred around a ‘pollution controversy’ wherein the visiting players claimed that they had difficulty in breathing due to the capital’s polluted air. Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal and his team work masks to combat pollution on day two and day three of the game.
After drawing the Test, Chandimal reiterated that it was difficult for the Lankans, who come from a relatively cleaner country, to play amidst the polluted Delhi air.
"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."
Following this, the major topic of debate is whether Delhi is a safe place for cricket. The second day's play in the match was halted for 26 minutes, forcing Indian captain Virat Kohli to declare the innings at 536/7. On day three, the visiting players wore N95 masks, which are required to protect the lungs from the poor air quality.
Pacer Suranga Lakmal in particular was seen struggling the most. After bowling three overs, he threw up on the field and was taken off.
The Indian players, however, did not need anti-pollution masks on all five days of the Test, which led to social media making a mockery of the visiting team, and saying that complaining of health issues was their way of disrupting the match.
India will now play Lanka in an ODI and T20 series which begins on December 10.