Wearing Mask Was Strategy Of Sri Lankan Players To Stop Virat Kohli From Reaching 300 runs: Sehwag
Former India batsman Virender Sehwag has said that it was the strategy of the Sri Lankan players to stop Virat Kohli from reaching 300 run mark, which could have been first in his career.
Kohli could have reached the landmark during the second session of the day, but he was probably distracted by the on-field activities of Sri Lankan players, where they were asking umpires to stop the play due to pollution in the state,
“It seems like it was a strategy of Sri Lankan players to stop Virat Kohli from reaching the 300 run landmark. ICC should take action against Sri Lankan players for their on-field behaviour and for disrupting the ongoing match,” Sehwag told IndiaTV.
The second day’s play between India and Sri Lanka was briefly stopped for 16 minutes after Lahiru Gamage was finding it difficult to complete his over. Sri Lankan players had already indicated not playing the game when they came down on the field with a mask on after the Lunch break.
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal had a chat with umpires before they went to David Boon for a decision. After a delay of few minutes, the game resumed and R Ashwin was dismissed on the first ball bowled after the game resumed.
Soon, Virat Kohli was also dismissed on a score of 243. It seemed like there was a loss of concentration on Kohli’s part due to regular pauses while he was batting.
The play had stopped a total of three times, and a situation came when Sri Lanka were left with just ten fielders as other five players were down due to one or the other reason.
Two of the members of Sri Lankan backroom staff were also out in the field with their white jersey on to fill the void, but Chandimal was having regular talks with the umpires.
In the end, a furious captain Kohli soon decided to declare the innings to prevent any further delay. On the first delivery of the second innings, Sri Lanka lost its first wicket.
At stumps though, their scorecard showed a score of 131/3, but the wicket column could have carried a big figure had Indian fielders not dropped the catch of Sri Lankan batsmen.
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