Delhi's viability as an international sports venue has been called into question after Sri Lankan players complained of breathing problems due to smog and continued to wear anti- pollution masks in the ongoing third Test against
"I cant hide the fact that there is pollution but if you have been assigned a job then you have to go ahead and do it," Dhawan said matter-of-factly at the end of the fourth day.
He stated that a lot of Indian players from other states are adjusting to the prevailing conditions in the national capital.
On the fourth day,
Asked if he sympathised with the Sri Lankans, Dhawan replied: "There are a lot of players in our team who are not used to this pollution thing in
But when a scribe reminded him that the Ashwins, Vijays and Rahanes play a lot of cricket in
"Look, if you are playing in
Dhawan said that the Sri Lankans, who primarily come from cities surrounded by sea, may be facing some problems.
"May be they are uncomfortable. May be there is less pollution in
"As I said I wont hide that there is pollution in
Coming from the city, Dhawan tried to put things into perspective further.
"Look I have been born and brought up in
"May be if there was sunshine, pollution would have been less. I dont think playing cricket was a problem. As far as Shami is concerned, he is fine and you will see him in action tomorrow."
Dhawan also came in defence of young curator Ankit Datta, stating that he has done his best to provide a good wicket.
"The one in Kolkata was where the pitch was a bit damp first up. But every wicket has its own nature, made up of different soil components. The soil components determine the bounce in a track. Barring Dharamsala, there arent too many bouncy wickets up north. The curator tried his best."
Dhawan lauded the effort put in by pacers Ishant Sharma and Shami considering the kind of struggle it has been for Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage.
"Both Ishant and Shami bowled at a good pace because those of us standing in the slip cordon can feel that pace. Hats off to them. This also indicates their mindset and fighting abilities. They know that there isnt much help from the wicket.
"Its flat, but they have bowled with a lot of pace, its good for us," he signed off....