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Rohit Sharma and Joe Root heavily criticize Mumbai’s air quality

Rohit Sharma

After defeating England at Lucknow by a big margin of 100 runs, India landed at Mumbai for their next game against Sri Lanka.

However, as the flight was about to touch the ground in Mumbai, skipper Rohit Sharma looked rather distressed.

Apparently, the economic capital of India is suffering from the bad effects of smog just like its counterpart, Delhi.

That’s why Rohit and Team India felt quite dissatisfied with the environmental conditions in Mumbai.

Additionally, he took to his Instagram account to share a picture of the city from the flight and captioned it saying,

Mumbai. Yeh kya ho gaya?

According to the reports from the Central Pollution Control Board, Mumbai has recorded an Air Quality Index or AQI of 161 today and this has been termed as ‘moderate’.

However, several areas of the city have severe AQI recordings such as Bandra Kurla Complex, Sion, Kherwadi in Bandra East, and Navy Nagar in Colaba.

Joe Root talks about the poor air quality of Mumbai after their game against South Africa

Meanwhile, England batter, Joe Root has also heavily criticized the city’s poor air quality and described the conditions they faced at Wankhede Stadium.

He has likened the city’s air quality to ‘eating air’ and stated that it gave both teams quite a huge difficulty to play.

I’ve not played in anything like that before. I’ve obviously played in hotter conditions, and probably more humid conditions. But it just felt like you couldn’t get your breath. It was like you were eating the air. It was unique.

Furthermore, he also described the conditions of the South African players, especially Heinrich Klaasen.

You could see it with Klaasen. You could see how much it took out of him, not being able to get back out onto the field.

Moreover, Mumbai has to host three more games in the tournament including a semifinal.

Thus, the authorities need to step up and ensure that the city’s air quality can be improved for future games.

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