IND vs SL, 3rd Test: Sourav Ganguly Questions Sri Lankan Players’ Attitude
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has questioned the Sri Lankan players attitude for their conduct on the second day of the ongoing third Test in Delhi.
Several Sri Lankan players came out to field after the lunch break wearing pollution masks. It was soon followed by some chaotic scenes as Sri Lanka were looking hell-bent to leave the field to avoid being exposed to the polluted air. The players were constantly complaining about the pollution which caused several delays in the game, a couple of which saw Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli being dismissed after losing their concentration. The scene soon took a bizarre turn when Sri Lanka was left with just 10 players on the field following the departure of pace bowlers Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal after they complained of breathing. In fact, the scene was getting so messier that head coaches of both the teams had to come out on the field to talk to the umpire.
On the other hand, the Indian players were batting without wearing the pollution mask and did not face much problem. However, the visiting players kept on complaining which eventually compelled Kohli to declare the innings on 536 for 7.
The Indian fielders then played without any mask and interestingly the Sri Lankan players also batted without any protective gear for the polluted air which left Ganguly surprised.
“Virat Kohli and the team management saw that the game is going away from their hands, they are losing time and they declared. Virat lost his concentration, the purpose of the game and got out. But when they (Sri Lanka) came out to bat, I didn’t see any mask on all of those five batsmen who were at the crease,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by India Today.
“Nobody had the mask and if you look at the pavilion they were sitting in, there was no mask either. So, I don’t know how everything changed in such a quick time. If Gamage and Lakmal were running it with a mask, even Angelo Mathews was running for ones and twos. It’s the same thing. What surprised me is that they never complained, wore the mask or made a show off it. That’s the worrying bit and I hope the intentions were not bad,” he added. “It’s just that, the mask was on when they were fielding and no mask when they were batting, it has forced me to ask this question whether the Sri Lankan attitude was right or not.”
Ganguly further condemned the incident and backed India to win the ongoing game and continue their unbeaten run against the Islanders at home.
“It will be an absolute mockery of Test cricket. India was dominating. India beat them at Nagpur, India will beat them here. But if you have to slow down a Test match progress like this, it’s very sad for cricket. Sri Lanka has the history of producing some fantastic cricketers and great cricket. They have never beaten India (in India) since the time they have started playing Test cricket. Look at the records, whether it is Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan, they still haven’t beaten India. This is probably the weakest Sri Lankan team to tour India and to see this sort of a behavior was not very good but I hope I am wrong,” Ganguly said.
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