In this match, Srilanka batting first scored 274 runs, losing six wickets. Mahela Jayawardene had scored 103 off 88 balls, while Kumar Sangakkara contributed 30 and Kulasekara contributed 40 runs.
new Delhi: Former Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgama has claimed that the match played between India and Sri Lanka in 2011 was a fix. Then, under the leadership of Dhoni at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India had the distinction of defeating Sri Lanka by six wickets to become World Champion. This was the first time that a host team had won the World Cup on their land. Mahindananda Aluthgama was the sports minister of Sri Lanka at that time. At the same time, on this statement of former sports minister, veteran Kumar Sangakkara has demanded to present evidence.
The former Sports Minister said that in view of the country’s prestige and honor, I do not want to say anything further. However, the former Sports Minister did not provide any evidence regarding his revelations. He said that this was the match that Sri Lanka could win. I will not include the players in this matter, but some groups were definitely involved in fixing the match. These things were discussed by the former Sports Minister with the leading channel of the country. He said that whatever I said, I stand completely with him. I am saying this with full responsibility, but I do not want to disclose details in detail for the betterment of the country.
In this match, Srilanka batting first scored 274 runs, losing six wickets. Mahela Jayawardene had scored 103 off 88 balls, while Kumar Sangakkara contributed 30 and Kulasekara contributed 40 runs. Chasing the target, Malinga drove Sachin and Sehwag cheaply, but with the batting of Gautam Gambhir and then Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India managed to win the title.
This is a very serious allegation by Sri Lankan veteran wicketkeeper-batsman and former captain Kumar Sangakkara on these allegations of former sports minister. Now that he is saying that he has evidence, it would be better that he go to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit and put his claim in front of the top body, so that the ICC can investigate it. Also, it is possible to find out whether ministers are lying or true.
Let us tell you that Aluthgamage is the other person who has alleged that the final was fixed. Earlier, Lankan former captain Arjun Ranatunga had felt the same in 2017 and demanded a final check. Ranatunga then said that I had commentary at that time. When we lost, I was tense and I had doubts. We should examine what went to Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final. I cannot disclose everything, but I will one day. It should be investigated.