Twitter slams at officials for using Hair Dryer to dry pitch in Guwahati
The opening T20I match between India and Sri Lanka, scheduled to begin at 7 pm IST on Sunday, was delayed due to heavy rain. The match was organised at Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati. Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first, but the rain ruined all before a single balling. The ground staff desperately tried all the methods to make dry the pitch using vacuum cleaners, steam irons, and even hairdryers. This did not go well with some fans, who started to express their thoughts and made trolls on social media.
When the rain started, it just seemed like a passing shower. As time passed, the rain became heavier, making the situation worse. Due to the rain the cricket pitch filled with wet patches, and an extra cover was placed on the 22 yards. Around 8 pm, it stopped for a while. When ground staff started their repairing work, the rain came back again. Finally, after three hours of trying, the authority decided to abandon the first match between India and Sri Lanka.
Undoubtedly, the use of hairdryers and iron by the ground staff has shown their dedication towards their work. But, Twitterverse is trolling them for not arranging proper measures to deal with the situation. Disappointed with the situation, former India opener-turned commentator Aakash Chopra said, “The outfield is bone-dry so I’d say it’s a schoolboy error that the water has seeped onto the pitch. Perhaps there are a few holes in the covers. It’s really disappointing preparation for an international game.”
Fans from India, Sri Lanka as well as Pakistan have mocked the usage of hairdryers and steam irons. Here are some reactions from Twitter: