New Delhi: Bharat Arun, the bowling coach of Team India, took a jibe at the Sri Lankan cricketers, asserting that home team skipper Virat Kohli did not require the anti-pollution mask to bat for nearly two days in the third Test at Feroz Shah Kotla.
Kohli smashed a career-best 243, batting nearly seven and half hours and he was the last home side batsman dismissed on a controversy-marred second day when Sri Lankan players forced an Indian declaration by halting play for 26 minutes, citing uneasiness due to poor air quality caused by smog.
Sri Lanka’s coach Nic Pothas even claimed that the smog was so extreme that his players were coming off the field to vomit. “We had players coming off the field and vomiting. There were oxygen cylinders in the change room. It’s not normal for players to suffer in that way while playing the game,” Pothas told reporters after the match.