- Team India defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the 2011 World Cup final played in Mumbai.
- Former Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindanand Althgamage had called the World Cup final a fix
Jul 01, 2020, 09:10 AM IST
Former Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindanand Althgamage has made allegations of fixing in the final of the 2011 ODI World Cup. On this, the police questioned the then chief selector Arvind de Silva for 6 hours on Tuesday. According to police sources, the final opener Upul Tharanga will be questioned in the next appearance.
Recently the Mahindanand Authority was given a list of reasons for the match being fixed. He had said, "In 9 pages I have given 24 suspicious reasons, which led us to lose in the finals". In 2011, Althgamage was the Sri Lankan Sports Minister.
Sangakkara and Jayawardene denied the allegations
Many former Sri Lankan players like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who captained the World Cup, have dismissed the allegations of the Sports Minister. The Sri Lankan government has set up an inquiry after Mahindanand was charged. Under this, many players and officials including Arvind have been questioned.
De Silva was the man of the match in the 1996 World Cup final
Sri Lanka won the lone ODI World Cup in 1996. In the then final, De Silva scored a match-winning 107 off 124 balls. He was also voted Man of the Match. Sri Lanka defeated Australia by 7 wickets in the 1996 final. Sanath Jayasuriya was then adjudged Player of the Series. They have also spoken of fixing in the 2011 World Cup final.
De Silva asked the BCCI to investigate
Following Mahindanand's allegations, D'Silva has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to investigate into the fixing case. De Silva said that at present, the whole world is struggling with coronavirus. Despite this, if they are needed in the BCCI investigation, they are ready to go to India for this.
India won the World Cup after 28 years
Team India became world champion after 28 years of defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the World Cup final played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2011. In this match, Srilka batting first scored 274 runs losing 6 wickets. Mahela Jayawardene scored 103, Kumar Sangakkara 30 and Kulasekara 40.
Chasing the target, Malinga had dismissed Sachin and Sehwag early, but India won the title for the second time thanks to the batting of Gautam Gambhir (97) and then Mahendra Singh Dhoni.