India's 2011 World Cup heroes slam Arjuna Ranatunga's fixing claims

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Arjuna Ranatunga, to continue his public feud with Kumar Sangakkara, chose to bring the 2011 World Cup final into question, by alleging there was something wrong with the way Sri Lanka played in Mumbai on that famous night, and with it, unnecessarily bringing a black mark to what was one of the most glorious nights in Indian cricket.

India's top-scorer in the final, Gambhir wanted Ranatunga to back his claims with "proof" while another integral member of that side, Nehra didn't want to "dignify Ranatunga's comments by airing" his views. "So, I think we should hold an inquiry into this matter".

"I can not reveal what happened on that day, but I would someday reveal the truth".

The veteran cricketer-turned-politician who was in India at that time said: "When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt". There is no end to these kinds of statements.

Ranatunga made the comment as a reported reaction to another captain Kumar Sangakkara's comments which questioned Lanka's 2009 tour of Pakistan. "After that, the former Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge removed me from the Cricket Board", Ranatunga said. Nehra, who was also a star performer for the men in blue during the tournament, counter-attacked on Arjuna and said what would be his feelings if he is asked that how did Sri Lanka become champions in 1996? But yes, it is disappointing when someone of his stature says something like this, " Nehra said in an interview. Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh refused to comment on Ranatunga's latest allegations. On various forums, the World Cup winning former Lankan captain has expressed his surprise as to how multiple players got injured and pulled out of the final of the 2011 World Cup. In came Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv and Thisara Perera. He was himself surprised by his recall. Perera made an unbeaten 22 off 9 deliveries, and took 1 for 55 from nine overs.

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