India v Sri Lanka: Players pay the price for Delhi pollution

Even for those of us who have been complaining about the BCCI scheduling cricket matches with no context, the third India v Sri Lanka test match in Delhi will stick in the memory.¬†Originally we thought it would be for Virat Kohl’s first triple century. But we were wrong. This test match will be remembered for #DelhiPollution and #PollutionStopsPlay (hashtags in their own right).

It will be remembered for the Sri Lankan players throwing up on the outfield.

Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal, centre, vomits as his teammates stand next to him during the fourth day of their third test cricket match against India in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadr)

For Sri Lankan players wearing surgical masks.

For Kohli’s angry declaration. (He pointed at his chest and said we will bowl, the implication being we will show you how to do it, you cry babies).¬†Can you blame him? He is a proud Delhi boy and the masked Lankans had made his city look bad. Read More …

India v Sri Lanka: The Kohli-coaster rolls on

At the end of the first day’s play in Delhi, Kohli remained undefeated on 146. Three test matches against Sri Lanka have seen three contrasting tons from the Indian captain.

The first test at Eden Gardens saw Kohli get a ten-ball duck in the first innings. Walking in with Sri Lanka in the hunt for the win, Kohli’s second innings hundred on a spicy pitch swung the match decisively in India’s favour. One of his best efforts, one which nearly saw India pull off a famous come-from-behind win at the spiritual home of Indian cricket.

Kohli’s double hundred in Nagpur was pure efficiency after the Murali-Pujara show. He cut out risk and ground the Lankans into the dust without mercy. Read More …