The third and final Test match between India and Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla was full of action. Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored his record-breaking sixth double century. Followed by some annoying drama and uncalled pauses by Sri Lankans. It was, probably, the first time an international match was disrupted for the reason of bad pollution.
The Sri Lankan players were seen wearing masks to protect themselves from the bad weather condition in New Delhi.
The drama didn’t just seem to stop and there were perplexed scenes at the Kotla time and again. First Gamage and then Lakmal both walked off leaving their overs in between. The game was stopped again and again for this apparent ploy from Sri Lanka. Whether it was a tactic or a genuine issue they faced is something only they would know.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan physio and fielding coach was seen at the boundary line wearing the white dress, perhaps coming in to field for his team. As one after the other Sri Lankans halted play, Indian Skipper, Virat Kohli got really infuriated.
The Indian skipper didn’t look happy at the way the game was going post the smog break, and he signaled to Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha to come back as the hosts wanted to have a crack at the visitor’s batting and declared the first innings while India was 536/7.
The video of Sri Lankan cricket team disrupting the match has gone viral on social media platforms. Much has been said about Sri Lanka’s mask act. The Sri Lankan team was alleged of using this method to stop the match and avoid losing against Team India.
— allindiaroundup (@AIRNewsOfficial) December 4, 2017
We all know that the trollers never miss a chance of trolling someone when it is to be done. The Sri Lankan team was heavily trolled for doing such act to stop the match. Everyone is reacting to the incident and recently, the famous body cleaning brand Dettol has entered the game and have taken a jibe on the visitor’s act.
As the business tactic, they also promoted their product Dettol Siti Shield which is basically a smart mask to protect people from air pollution. And the Twitter handle of Dettol Siti Shield went on to reply to an earlier tweet by Sri Lanka cricket, they wrote,
“Hi, Your players are using a surgical mask which’s ineffective against the PM 2.5 particle pollution. If you’re serious, we’ll send you 11 Dettol Sitishield N95 masks (98% protection against PM2.5) so that there’s no reason to stop the game, and delay India’s series win.”
Hi, Your players are using a surgical mask which's ineffective against the PM 2.5 particle pollution. If you're serious, we'll send you 11 Dettol Sitishield N95 masks (98% protection against PM2.5) so that there's no reason to stop the game, and delay India's series win 😉
— DETTOL SiTi SHIELD (@SiTiShield) December 3, 2017
However, tweeple loved the humorous way of Dettol of promoting their product. Take a look at some reactions.
— Sachin (@SachinDalmia) December 3, 2017
— PROUD VIRATIAN (@Ranjugowda02) December 3, 2017
— chandra sekaran (@sekar18886) December 3, 2017
Nothing can be more sarcastic troll than this #INDvsSL
— Sajeev Devadasan?? (@imsajeev42) December 3, 2017
This is unadulterated fun ???
— Anurag Srivastava (@iamanurag04) December 3, 2017
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