The second session of the third and final Test match was halted for few minutes after concerns over the poor air quality here on Sunday.
The veteran journalist further believes that the Sri Lankan team halted the play because they were finding it hard to stop the Indian players.
"It's not a good scene that the visiting team is playing an global game wearing masks". Many of Sri Lanka's fielders returned from lunch on the second day wearing masks amid visible haze at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. After the Lankan team manager walked on the field and had a word with the umpires and then it was a fuming Ravi Shastri who walked on to the field to have a talk with the umpires. After 10 minutes of play, there was another interruption as Gamage, who looked clearly distressed while bowling, left the field to get a medical check-up.
"There's pollution everywhere in our country and I don't think we are too anxious on the pollution".
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The thing is that BCCI even after knowing that level of pollution in Delhi from October to February scheduled the match in Delhi. Amid inter-state disputes over what should be done about crop residue burning, construction dust and smoke-belching vehicles, all that the Delhi government is toying with is an odd-even scheme that will probably do as little to alleviate the situation as the Sri Lankan bowlers could do to shift Virat Kohli from the crease.
Directing it to submit the report within 48 hours, a NGT Bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, said, "Tell us one step that you have taken with regard to the previous orders passed by the tribunal". He did not need a mask. We are focused on what we need to do. Find us on Facebook too!
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed and moisture. "When it became unsafe, I think that's where the conversation started because the safety of the players is of paramount importance", said Pothas.