Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has slammed the sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage. Aluthgamage claimed that the 2011 World Cup final was fixed.
India defeated Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai after chasing down a target of 275 by 6 wickets.
“2011 final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the Minister of Sports. I state with full responsibility. However, I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game against India in 2011, a game which we could have won, was fixed”, Aluthgamage told News1st.
But Mahela in tweet made it clear that there were no such wrong-doings.
Jayawardene himself scored a hundred in the final of the tournament at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium to hand India a target of 275 runs.
The hosts then lost a couple of quick wickets after Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were sent back in the hut. Later, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli steadied the ship for the side and put up a decent partnership. Kohli was then dismissed for 25 but Gambhir stayed strong at the other end.
He scored 97 while the skipper MS Dhoni who promoted himself up the order remained unbeaten at 91 and sealed the win for India with a maximum over long on. This was the second time in the history of ODI cricket that India lifted the World Cup. They previously did it in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.