Though India have never been very abhorrent towards Sri Lanka on the cricket field, the recent oxygen-gate had brought up bitter emotions between the two sides. However, it didn’t stop Virat Kohli from publicly applauding Samawaickarma’s brilliant piece fielding which sent Twitter into meltdown.
Sri Lanka’s repeated interruptions on the second day of the Delhi Test didn’t go down well with the Indian players and team management. The visiting players were seen wearing masks while fielding and some had, reportedly, vomited in the dressing room, unable to handle the polluted air inside Feroz Shah Kotla.
The proceedings had even left Virat Kohli annoyed, which was quite visible when he animatedly called up his boys after the first innings while signalling declaration. However, the Indian skipper is known for his hard work and fitness, and he couldn’t stop himself from applauding Sadeera Samawaickarma, who exhibited both to pull off an unbelievable piece of fielding.
It was during India’s second innings in the 47th over of Day 4, when Rohit Sharma nailed a front foot pull off Suranga Lakmal’s poor short delivery. The ball was airborne
The gesture was loved by one and all and Twitter erupted in admiration.
Here are the funny tweets from today's play:Take note of this Sri Lanka team!
Kohli applauding the opposition's fielding effort mid-innings. May be Sri Lanka could learn some sportsman spirit from him. #IndvsSL— Sohini (@Mittermaniac) December 5, 2017
Well done Sadeera Samarawickrama!
Even Kohli was impressed by his effort!
You've done something special when opponent's captain applauds you. @imvkohli got impressed with this fine effort from Sadeera Samarawickrama.— 18 (@ChaltanyaReddy) December 5, 2017
I'm literally shocked, from the morning I've seen almost 14-25 full length dives.
Respect! 🙏 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/TkPWISHOIS
Every Indian cricket fan
Umpires in Delhi pollution be like.....
Truly bad light, the umpires can't even see that big nick. Clear bat. :P #IndvsSL— Ashish Magotra (@clutchplay) December 5, 2017
We feel you mate
Delhi's smog is an advertisement for HD. Unless, I am watching HD, I can't really make out anything! #IndvsSL— Ashish Magotra (@clutchplay) December 5, 2017
Did she just predict the future?
Surely SL is going to resort to a lot of time-wasting tactics tomorrow given the position India will leave them in. You'll have more players reporting breathing troubles, stomach upsets, muscle pulls and so on. Par for the course for the shitty side they are. #IndvsSL— Sohini (@Mittermaniac) December 5, 2017
Two Different stories
This is why you never mess with umpire