Number three batsman Thirimanne managed a fifty in his four innings in India but was dropped for the Delhi Test due to his tendency to play loose shots.The tourists slotted de Silva in the crucial spot and the 26-year-old braved a thigh injury to score 119 and help his team eke out a draw at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Condemning the Test, KK Aggarwal, the president of the Indian Medical Association, was quoted by reports as saying: "This match should not have taken place in the first place".
The fast bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage also walked off the field after they allegedly expressed displeasure in bowling under the conditions of high levels of air pollution.
Referring to the poor show by Sri Lankan cricket team, Jayasekera said: "Give me a little time to resurrect things".
Fuel scarcity forces Baru to return to Nigeria
When the Nigerian tribune visited some filling stations in Ibadan metropolis on Tuesday afternoon, there were no signs of queue. Before departing the country, Baru had said, "For the umpteenth time, I wish to call on all Nigerians to stop panic buying".
He quipped that a wrong message has been conveyed from the India and Sri Lanka match that it is safe for children to play cricket even when the PM 2.5 levels are more than 300. It has accused Sri Lanka of making a "big fuss", pointing to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who hit a record sixth Test double century despite the smog.
After stopping Sri Lanka's ODI squad from travelling to India, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera on Wednesday said he would go to the extent of dissolving the present Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) administration to resurrect the national team's fortune.
With pollution levels particularly alarming in the past two years, doctors have raised awareness against sports events in Delhi. "It takes a serious toll on your health in the long run".
It also proceeded but schedule was adjusted to avoid Delhi at its worst. "The match can not be cancelled though pollution is everybody's concern".