Viewers tuning in to the first Test match between India and New Zealand in Kanpur were in for an unpleasant experience with the live visuals hazy courtesy of the thick layering of smog at the venue.
The first Test match in India after a gap of eight months was much anticipated but cricket fans were left disappointed as heavy smog affected their TV-watching experience. With temperatures already around 15 degrees Celsius in Kanpur, there was always expected to be fog at the venue, but an increased Air Quality Index (which read a severe 201 at 11.15 am IST), not uncommon in North India at this time of the year, further combined to affect the picture quality of the images being shown on TV.
It led to plenty of reactions, with many expressing concern over the safety of the players who are taking the field in an environment that is far from ideal.
Tough for players and fans, same happened in Syed Myshtaq Ali as well. pic.twitter.com/8pw5tPvGaK
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 25, 2021
— Peter Clinton (@PeterClinton5) November 25, 2021
— Melanie (@Melanie_Skelany) November 25, 2021
Horrible air quality and vision even on screen post Diwali
— KASHISH (@crickashish217) November 25, 2021
— Kartik O 🏏⚽🔗 (@KOCricket528) November 25, 2021
Air quality is so bad in North India, not only NZ will suffer from serious health issues, but on TV match looks so hazy! Poor stadium choice by BCCI.
— Idealist (@Idealis21234782) November 25, 2021
— CricBlog ✍ (@cric_blog) November 25, 2021
Tried to dust off my screen. But picture is no clearer. Guess it’s the haze in Kanpur after all. #INDvNZ
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) November 25, 2021
Unpopular opinion: Cricket matches in India don’t look great on TV. It’s invariably hazy, the outfield isn’t picture-perfect, the stands don’t look pleasant, and the ground is always full of hoardings from tacky brands. #INDvsNZ
— Rahul Fernandes (@newspaperwallah) November 25, 2021
enjoying the match 😍❤️ pic.twitter.com/rFK30rZH8z
— best girl (@awkdipti) November 25, 2021
Fielders trying to see the ball: pic.twitter.com/DyIw8YEWLA
— Manya (@CSKian716) November 25, 2021