Russel Arnold tried to defend the Sri Lankan players, whose behavior has been questioned for Oxygen-Gate, with an illogical tweet where he asked why the Indians had worn sunnies while batting. However, Arnold received a huge backlash on Twitter for his flawed logic and was trolled by the Twitterati.
The Sri Lanka team has found some support in the form of Russel Arnold over “Oxygen-gate” where they had stopped the game on multiple occasions on Day 2 of the third Test of the India-Sri Lanka series. On the second day of the final Test India were forced to declare their innings at 536/7 as the Sri Lankans seemed uncomfortable while fielding due to the bad air quality in Delhi.
It created an unusual scene on the ground as the Sri Lankan team manager, his Indian counterpart, and match officials had a small meeting on the ground to discuss the situation with the on-field umpires. Once India had retired a lot of fans started questioning the Sri Lankan players for the way they had handled the whole situation.
In this row, Arnold came out in the support of the Lankans and defended them through a tweet which Twitterati rejected outright and brutally troll him for it. The 44-year-old compared the oxygen mask to the sunglasses and clarified that as the Indian players didn’t continue to wear sunglasses while bating even in the sunny day, in the same manner, the Sri Lankan players came in their first innings without the mask.
Didn’t see any of the Indian batsmen wear sunnies when batting.. they wear them while fielding ... same Sun na— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) December 3, 2017
Soon, after Arnold's comparison, a fan pointed out that the visitors' tantrums and claimed India played in the same atmosphere easily.
But it's not the Indian players who're throwing tantrums on field. They're not having any issues while breathing now. "Same air na?"— Arjun Pai (@pai_arjun) December 3, 2017
Are they wearing mask while fielding now? Stop defending by stupid logics. Their reaction after declaration says everything about their intention— Akshay VK18 Sharma (@akshaypasu) December 3, 2017
Super genius @RusselArnold69 the sunglasses worn by Indian players while fielding were a compliment to their comfort. They weren't dying without them unlike the dramatic srilankans who seemed to run out of life on ground. team's cheap behavior,even cheaper response from you 😑😡— Siddharth (@Iam_Sid_39) December 3, 2017
A fan with the twitter handle @ashish_bijalwan reminded him about the 9-0 loss which they faced in their own home soil earlier.
Russel it would be better if SL focuses on Art of playing rather than Art of breathing Bcoz SL choked at 9-0 loss in SL too but running away from the game is not acceptable!!!— CRICASHISH (@ashish_bijalwan) December 3, 2017
Shall we send our under 19 team to play with current SL lot. Probably kids vs kids would be even ??— Akshay Chawla (@Akschawla) December 3, 2017
so acc to u bad air affects only while fielding, means SL's use different lungs& nose while batting.— Harshit Kumar (@Er_kumarharshit) December 3, 2017
Hypocracy at top level
11000 person in stadium and 2 umpire and 2 batsman..but only 11 players have problem is second day when they know ..they are going to lose.— Rahul_2.0 (@Rahul0007861) December 3, 2017