The first T20I of the year 2020 was called-off in Guwahati on Sunday. The series opener between India and Sri Lanka was scheduled to begin at 7 PM IST but was delayed due to rain after the toss.
In the beginning, it just looked like a passing shower, but then it was pouring down minutes. Around 8 PM though the heavens relented, the rain had already affected the state of the pitch with wet patches.
Just when the ground staff started its repair work, the rain returned to make things worse. This time though, more care was taken with an extra cover being placed on the 22 yards. However, the damage was already done, and when it all cleared around 8.45 PM, the ground staff much to everyone’s surprise brought out the hair-dryer, steam iron, and vacuum cleaner to dry the wet patches on the pitch.
Twitterati brutally trolled the match officials and lashed out at the groundsmen for not using the proper equipments to ready the pitch.
Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Here’s is Twitter reacted:
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) 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
— Tridib Baparnash ॐ (@TridibIANS) January 5, 2020
1980 – will have flying cars in 2020
— D (@dhruviiin) January 5, 2020
— Anshu K Deipak (@AKDeipak) January 5, 2020
— Devansh Khandekar (@devanshot) January 5, 2020
Hair dryer ? seriously ? What a shame ! #INDvSL
— Naveen (@_naveenkr) 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
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