Delhi pollution levels have been making headlines for quite sometime and it grabbed everyone’s attention during the India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test at Feroz Shah Kotla again. No, we are not talking about the Lankans puking, now it is India’s own Mohammad Shami who has vomited on the pitch! Indian captain Virat Kohli, who was not much pleased on Sunday with SL players donning masks, also looked upset over the issue. When India came in to bat on Tuesday, the Islanders’ bowlers struggled again and came back to the pitch with face masks on. The most troubled out of them was Sri Lankan paceman Suranga Lakmal who started throwing up. When India came on to the field, they were without face masks. But much to their chagrin, this time it was Mohammed Shami who started puking on the field! Shami had taken one wicket in the six overs he bowled and was seen holding his chest which eventually led to him throwing up on the pitch.
Following the incident the 12th man was called up with medical kit to aid the paceman. Moreover, Shami was replaced with spinner Ravindra Jadeja in the bowling department. So far it is still unknown as to why this happened, but the focus has shifted squarely onto the Delhi smog.
Earlier, on Monday, right-arm fast bowler Shami had said that the pollution levels are a matter of concern, however Indian players are used to such conditions. “Obviously this pollution is a problem but it wasn’t as much as it was being shown. It could be that we’re used to it,” Shami said. Earlier, on Sunday Sri Lankan pacers Suranga Lakmal ad Lahiru Gamage struggled on the field and started puking. The two bowlers marched back to the pavilion before a frustrated Virat Kohli declared the innings.
The dramatic turn of events prompted much criticism over the scheduling of match at the stadium amid pollution concerns. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, at a press conference on Monday, said that the cricket governing body will become more careful about scheduling cricket in the capital city in future.