Rohit Sharma-led team India is set to take Bangladesh in T20 series opener at Delhi on 3 November. But ahead of the match, Delhi’s weather has been the talk of the town. The overall air quality index (AQI) crossed the 400 mark on Wednesday this week, raising concerns among residents of the city.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 “satisfactory”, 101-200 “moderate”, 201-300 “poor”, 301-400 “very poor”, and 401-500 “severe”. Above 500 is “severe-plus emergency” Thus, there is a question that can players play in such conditions. During the practice sessions, Bangladeshi players practised wearing masks.
This is not the first time Delhi is going to host a match in such conditions. In 2017 too, India played a match against Sri Lanka under polluted air. Visiting team players had faced problems in breathing and they had decided to wear masks while playing. But homeboy Virat Kohli had smashed a double ton in that match.
Rohit Sharma Hilarious Reply
Rohit Sharma who will lead the Indian side in absence of Virat Kohli attended a press conference on Friday. A journalist asked him about his view on the current Delhi weather. But Rohit came up with hilarious response to the question saying: “Masala chahiye, lekin dunga nai (you want something spice but I won’t give anything)”
On a serious note, Rohit said that he hasn’t had any problem with Delhi weather. Rohit said, “I have just landed and haven’t had time to assess. As far as I know the game is to be played on 3rd and will be played. We didn’t have any problem when we played the Test match here (against Sri Lanka). We are not aware of the exact discussion and I haven’t had any problem,”
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Rohit Sharma will lead India in 3-T20 match series. After which India will play two test matches under Virat Kohli. 2nd test of the series will be historic as it will be India’s first-ever day-night test match. Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will host this match from 22 November.