All the excitement surrounding first India vs Sri Lanka T20 International of 2020 as the match turned out to be a damp squib. The game was called off without a ball being bowled because of a wet pitch which made the playing area unfit for play.
Before the match started, India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl first. For the match, Virat Kohli had rested Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal while Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey continued to be on the sidelines. Jasprit Bumrah was about to mark his comeback for the national side with the match yesterday. However, the rain gods had some other plans. The rain came down heavily after the toss took place.
Though at first, it looked more like a passing shower but just when the ground staff started its repair work, the rain returned again. Making the situation even worse. An extra cover was placed on the 22 yards, taking more care this time. And much to everyone’s surprise, the ground staff brought out the hairdryer to dry the wet patches on the pitch. Yes, you read that right.
From steam iron, hair-dryer, vacuum dryer to Super Sopper, the staff tried everything to dry the pitch but no cricket was played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.
The hilarious scenes left everyone surprised. Twitter was flooded with hilarious reactions to the incident. Fans just can’t stop trolling the management for not opting out better measurements.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) January 5, 2020
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) January 5, 2020
1980 – will have flying cars in 2020
— sarcastic_dude (@_dhamo) January 5, 2020
Some people were annoying about England's ground staff during World cup. Now they are drying pitch by hair dryer..??#INDvSL
— SAFNAS HASHIM |ᵛᵃˡᶤᵐᵃᶤ (@SafnasHasim) January 5, 2020
— Tridib Baparnash ॐ (@TridibIANS) January 5, 2020
Hair dryer and iron (Yes the one used for ironing clothes) deployed to dry the pitch. LOL. Unprecedented.
— Gaurav Chattur (@chatturg) January 5, 2020
Vacuum cleaner, hairdryer, iron… every single thing from a common man's home is currently being used to dry the dampened pitch at Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati.#AssamCricketAssociation Hats off to the hard work #INDvSL #INDvsSL pic.twitter.com/PPRqTH8nzp
— Aakash Biswas (@aami_aakash) January 5, 2020
Hair dryer ? seriously ? What a shame ! #INDvSL
— Naveen (@nowwwin) January 5, 2020
— Devansh Khandekar (@howzaaaaaat) January 5, 2020
Seriously, Are we really the richest board in the world?? When we can't afford measures to tackle these issues. Steam iron and hair dryer being used to dry the pitch… Creative yet poor measures. #INDvSL #Guwahati pic.twitter.com/sKcFquks8t
— Nakul Kulshrestha (@NakulKulshrest1) January 5, 2020
The level of un-professionalism at guwahati stadium is just too high, I can't believe we are using hair dryer at an international venue to dry a patch.This is so fucking horrible to see. #BCCI where's the money you're earning is going? #INDvSL #Slvsind
— Hardik Sarna (@HardikSarna) January 5, 2020
— Anshu K Deipak (@AKDeipak) January 5, 2020
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) January 5, 2020
Ground staff man: How can we dry this pitch for the match
Virat: Well, I dry my wet clothes using an Iron or a hair dryer
— Tharaka Romesh (@DTRomesh) January 5, 2020