On Sunday, history was made. And no, I’m not talking about Virat Kohli’s yet another indomitable double century against Sri Lanka. For the first time in international cricketing history, play was halted because of pollution and players were sporting masks!
Bizarre pictures from Delhi. Sri Lankan cricketers wearing masks as protection against pollution/smog. Lakmal and Gamage went off the field sick. Play was also suspended for a while. Should they be playing in such conditions? Unprecedented. pic.twitter.com/YExHUNlYSj
— Ashar Jawad (@AsharJawad) December 3, 2017
Day 2 of the final IND v SL test match at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium saw constant disruptions and a plea to halt the play by Sri Lankan players who were coughing, panting and finding it unable to breathe. Basically, Captain Virat Kohli’s frustration while declaring the match was echoing every Indian cricket fan’s sentiment!
Innings break! India declare their innings on 536/7.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017
This bid by Sri Lanka that caused a formidable game by Team India to be declared prematurely did not go down well with Indian cricket fans. And where did they channel this aggression, you ask? Well, Twitter, of course!
Not surprisingly enough, Twitter was flooded with jibes, some gentle, some too harsh, at Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal and his team members for using their flair for the dramatic to turn the match in their favour.
1. Say this out loud in a single breath!
Things Sri Lankan's can't do in India:
– Can't Bowl
– Can't Bat
– Can't Field
– Can't take successful DRS
– Can't Win
— Boring… (@graphicalcomic) December 3, 2017
2. Grey’s Anatomy called. They have a role for ya, Team Sri Lanka!
— Dr. Gill (@ikpsgill1) December 3, 2017
3. Parde mein rehne do! Parda na uthaao!
Pic 1: Sri Lankan players at Delhi
— RS (@AwaraRish) December 3, 2017
4. Tera dhyaan kidhar hai, yeh tera game idhar hai!
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 3, 2017
5. Dhritarashtra would be proud!
These days Sri Lankan players are fielding with mask on their faces, and batting with blindfold on their eyes. #INDvSL
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) December 3, 2017
playing test cricket in delhi wearing masks is our bodyline series
— 🦉 (@ElCrankoPunko) December 3, 2017
7. Lagaan 2.0 right here, folks!
— Abhishek Kumar (@Abhi_16177) December 4, 2017
8. Can they also dance equally well on Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan?
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) December 3, 2017
9. AAP toh kamaal karte hain!
Dinesh Chandimal is Kejriwal of cricket. Dramebaaz. #INDvSL
— Tejas Joshi (@tejas_h_joshi) December 3, 2017
Arvind Kejriwal can take a sigh of relief(once the air gets better). Air Pollution in Delhi is a result of witchcraft. I hope that is the argument Sri Lankan captain Chandimal is giving at Feroz Shah Kotla. pic.twitter.com/44aALOizh7
— Mrinal (@ma25tweets) December 3, 2017
11. IT is possible that this is a very funny joke(r)!
— Mumbai Memes (@mumbai_memes) December 4, 2017
12. Yeaaaaaah…. No.
Lankans are like… 😷😷😷😷 pic.twitter.com/tBfyE1DAAa
— Dev Vishwakarma (@KDVSHWAKARMA) December 3, 2017
13. Kejriwal likes this!
— Ashwin Iyer (@AshwinIyer3) December 3, 2017
While these jokes may have served their purpose of making us laugh, let’s also take a minute to think of the fact that the smog situation of Delhi has now officially become an international embarrassment.
We cannot be sure if this was a ploy by Sri Lanka to salvage their situation by stopping India from putting more runs on the board. Or whether this was a genuine hazard to their well-being. But we have to give them the benefit of doubt, considering the smog has been a nuisance since a while now.
So can we let skipper Kohli worry about the match stats and focus our attentions a little on the air pollution stats for Delhi, shall we?
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