Delhi weather no problem for Team India, confirms Rohit Sharma ahead of 1st T20I against Bangladesh
With the hazardous air conditions in the national capital casting doubt at Arun Jaitley Stadium being the venue of the series opener between India and Bangladesh, skipper Rohit Sharma has revealed there have been no weather issues whatsoever since the host side has arrived in New Delhi for the November 3 game. Rohit, who will be leading Team India in the absence of the first-choice skipper Virat Kohli for the T20I series was asked about the alarming weather conditions of the national capital.
With Delihte breathing in the post-harvest stubble burning era, air pollution has taken a toll on the citizens and even the overall air quality has been drafted in the severe category. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has insisted that cricket should not be affected and has further backed his opinion by emphasising on the setups initiated by the Delhi government to curb air pollution to a certain extent. The Chief Minister also added that air pollution should not thwart Delhi's hopes of hosting Bangladesh in the series opener on November 3.
Initiating a counter-reaction to the same, former India opener and BJP MLA Gautam Gambhir opined that no match should be played until the pollution level come under control. The former Indian southpaw in the gentlemen's game feels that sporting event is bigger than the people of Delhi and the pollution is indeed the biggest issue the citizen of the nation's capital are tackling at the moment.
Amid the talks of the challenging Delhi weather, Indian skipper Rohit said that since has just arrived in Delhi, he is yet to assess the current climate. Nicknamed Hitman for his explosive batting display in white-ball cricket, Rohit assured that the match proceedings of the first T20I between India and Bangladesh will go as per the plans.
"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," Rohit was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. 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," Rohit added.