‘Masala chahiye, lekin dunga nai’: Rohit Sharma on Delhi pollution ahead of 1st T20I

Indianexpress

Indianexpress

Author 2019-11-03 14:16:11

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While Bangladesh cricketers were seen practicing for the 1st T20I against India in Delhi wearing masks, stand-in captain Rohit Sharma did not comment on the ‘severe’ quality of air in the capital, dismissing the topic by saying he won’t give gossip.

Post-Diwali, Delhi welcomed Bangladesh with the most unusual concerns ahead of the series-opening T20I. The environment department has cautioned the residents to avoid any physical exercise in the open air.

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On the eve of the match, Rohit, who is filling the captain’s position in the absence of Virat Kohli, was asked for a comment on state of Delhi pollution but the Mumbai cricketer, known for his witty sense of humour during press conferences, said, “Masala chahiye, lekin dunga nai (you want gossip but I won’t give)”.

A public health emergency was declared in the capital Friday after the air quality plunged further to ‘severe plus’. The Delhi government ordered that all schools in the city remain shut till November 5 and distributed 50 lakh masks to students. Dangerously high levels of PM 2.5, which have exceeded 400 micrograms per cubic meter in the city in recent days, can lead to a host of deadly cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses.

Commenting on the middle-order issues faced by the men in blue, the 32-year-old said, “They need to get more games under their belt to be more confident and get the job done. The team, a few years ago, was very much settled so there was not much room for a younger player to come and grab that opportunity.”

“There has always been a chop and change between that number 4, 5, 6, and 7 as well. So now, this is the best time for us to try these guys. Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, then Rishabh Pant as well. There are a lot of guys who can do the job,” he added.

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