The World Cup 2011 final between India and Sri Lanka had come under scrutiny after former sports minister of the island country Mahindananda Aluthgamage made allegations that the title clash was fixed.
Sri Lanka’s then captain and vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene along with former chief selector Arvina de Silva and Upul Tharanga who was a part of the squad were questioned in the matter.
The Sri Lankan police though didn’t really find any evidences of wrongdoings and dropped the case.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also rubbished off the allegations. “We have no reason to doubt the integrity of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final 2011,” ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall said in a statement.
“If anyone has any evidence that this match or any other has been subject to match-fixing, we would urge them to get in contact with the ICC Integrity team,” Marshall said while concluding the statement.
Sri Lanka lost to India in the final in Mumbai after the hosts chased down a target of 275 with captain MS Dhoni staying unbeaten at 91.
India had lost two early wickets but Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli stitched an important partnership and steadied the ship for India.
Later, captain MS Dhoni joined Gambhir in the middle and the two made sure that the situation was in control. Gambhir though fell short of a well-deserved hundred but India lifted the trophy after 28 years.