Delhi pollution a reality but we have to focus on cricket: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgLocal boy Shikhar Dhawan admitted that there is pollution in the Delhi air and the Sri Lankans might be uncomfortable with situation but their main is to focus on cricket.This is the first time that someone from the Indian team has openly spoken about the pollution and said that the Sri Lankan cricketers’ discomforts might be genuine. He agreed to this when he was asked about Mohammed Shami’s condition, who left the field after vomiting on the fourth day of the third and final Test, after struggling with the high level of pollution in and around the ground. In the earlier press meets, India had claimed that the Sri Lankans were using delaying tactics and not focusing on cricket.”It is possible (that their discomfort is genuine). Now only they (Sri Lankans) know (if their concerns have been genuine). Maybe in Sri Lanka the pollution is not that high. There are more beaches in Sri Lanka. It’s natural that coastal areas won’t have so much air pollution. Of course, they may be feeling discomfort. And it is not as if there is no pollution. I won’t hide that. It is what it is. Maybe they are feeling it more, I don’t know.”We have so many players who are not from Delhi. But we as a group have a job on our hand. Of course there is high pollution in Delhi. But it is our responsibility to play and focus on cricket,” said Dhawan.”But I still insist playing is our farz and karm (he two words loosely translate to duty and deeds), which we should do. They must be feeling it (discomfort), though,” added the birthday boy, who turned 32 on Tuesday.advertisementWe are not letting the birthday boy @SDhawan25 escape today. ??? BCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2017He also confirmed that Shami is fine and will play on the final day against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.Shami appeared to be struggling after bowling three overs. His reaction was similar to Sri Lankan seamers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage.After throwing up, Shami walked off the ground after consultation with the physio amid concerns over poor air quality.With India reducing Sri Lanka to 3/31 at stumps after setting a target of 410 runs on the fourth day and with three sessions left in the game, Shami is vital to the team since Virat Kohli has only four specialist bowlers in the team.”Shami is fine. You will see him in action tomorrow,” Dhawan told the media after the end of play.In the morning session, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 373 in their first innings, conceding a lead of 163 runs to India. India declared their second innings at 246/5, setting a target of 410.Dhananjay De Silva (13 not out) and Angelo Mathews (0 not out) were at the crease when the umpires called it a day, with Sri Lanka 379 behind the target.”We will try our best to go for the win tomorrow. Pressure is on them,” Dhawan said.last_img