India's 2011 World Cup heroes not amused by Arjuna Ranatunga's demand for investigation of the final

PTI, Jul, 14 2017
India's 2011 World Cup heroes not amused by Arjuna Ranatunga's demand for investigation of the final

New Delhi: India's World Cup heroes found former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga's demand for an inquiry into the 2011 final as "outrageous".

India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in that match to win their second World Cup title in 50-over cricket in 2011.

File image of India's Gautam Gambhir. Reuters

Ranatunga, in a video posted on his Facebook page, said: "I was also in India giving commentaries at the time. When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt."

"We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final. I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry."

However some of the Indian cricketers are not exactly amused with Ranatunga's demands, which also in a way undermines their effort.

Gautam Gambhir feels that Ranatunga should back his allegations with evidence.

"I am surprised by Arjuna Ranatunga's allegations. These are serious comments by a very respectable voice in international cricket. I think to clear the air, he should back his claims with proofs," Gambhir, who top-scored for India with 97 in the final, said.

Ashish Nehra, a key member of the 2011 World Cup winning team, said that one should not pay much attention to these kind of statements.

"I don't wish to dignify Ranatunga's comments by airing my views on the issue. There is no end to these kind of statements. If I question Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup victory, is it in good taste? So let's not get into it. But yes, it is disappointing when someone of his stature says something like this," Nehra told PTI.

Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh refused to comment on Ranatunga's latest allegations.

This is not the first time that Ranatunga has raised questions about the 2011 World Cup final. 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.

Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017


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