Don’t bring the meter to say how bad it is: KL Rahul on the threat of air pollution at the first IND vs NZ T20I

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“We’re here to play cricket,” said Indian T20 vice captain KL Rahul when asked about the rise in air pollution levels in the city ahead of the series opener against New Zealand.

Like Delhi, Jaipur’s air pollution levels increased after Diwali earlier this month. The city reported very low AQI levels on Saturday and smog enveloped the city on Monday morning as well.

“We haven’t actually come out yet. We just got to the stadium so I don’t know, I don’t have an answer to that. I don’t carry a meter in my hand to say how bad the pollution is.

“I’m sure it won’t be that bad. We’re all here to play cricket,” Rahul said ahead of the Indian team’s first training session on Monday.

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Meanwhile, new head coach Rahul Dravid oversaw his first training session with the national team in the presence of skipper Rohit Sharma and other support staff.

The team had its first free practice session after a three-day quarantine.

India will play three T20 Internationals against New Zealand on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday respectively, after which the two teams will engage in a two-game test series.

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