Ranatunga’s comments did not go well to 2011 World Cup heroes
New Delhi: The comments of former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga did not go well to India's World Cup heroes. Terming the demand of inquiry as outrageous, they have rubbished Ranatunga's allegations.
Ranatunga, in a video posted on his Facebook page, said: “I was also in India giving commentary 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.”
Surprised rather shocked over Ranatunga's allegations, Gambhir, who top-scored for India with 97 in the final, has asked for the proofs to prove his ground.
“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,” said Gauti.
Indian pacer Ashish Nehra also jumped into the controversy and went on to say that it would be ugly if he will question Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup win.
“I don’t wish to dignify Ranatunga’s comments by airing my views on the issue. There is no end to these kinds 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,” said 38-year old pacer.
Chasing a total of 274 set by Sri Lanka riding on Mahela Jayawardene’s magnificent 103 not out, India had Gautam Gambhir (97) and skipper Dhoni (91 not out) to thank for the epochal triumph.