02 April 2011, a date that can never be remembered for any better reason than Indian Cricket team battling off against the Srilankan and claiming the Champions Title. The Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai witnessed one the most memorable cricket match played on its soil. While 33,000 spectators relished the game in person, around 1 billion glued themselves with their televisions. It all seemed a fair game until the former Srilankan Captain Arjun Ranatunga claimed to smell a rat.
After losing the world cup final against India, Srilankan cricket team had to face destructive criticism from the fans as well as the association and former players. Former Srilankan Captain Arjun Ranatunga couldn’t digest the defeat and raised suspicions of match fixing against the the playing 11 of Sri Lanka.
He posted a video on his Facebook page claiming that the Srilankan side let the India- Sri lanka final match slip off their hands from a commanding position. He also asked the Sri Lanka Sports Minister to have a fair investigation of the World cup final match.
The local media also raised suspicions claiming that poor fielding and bowling efforts were the reason behind the defeat. Ranatunga said, “I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry.” Without revealing any names, Ranatunga said players could not hide the “dirt” they have on their clean white cricket clothing. All the suspicions raised were a result of some really bad efforts made by the Sri Lankan players. The visiting team was no doubt in the driving seat during most of the match but still losing in the end.
The journey to the title was a roller coaster for Indian side as the Sri Lanka had scored 274 in their allotted 50 overs and was on the riding position in the match since the beginning. The world’s most appreciated batsman Sachin Tendulkar and the furious striker Virender Sehwag lost their wickets early, followed by Virat Kohli. Most of the Indian fans had turned their televisions off, being nervous of the obvious defeat but the left handed striker Gautam Gambhir anchored one end while the Indian skipper MS Dhoni promoted himself over ‘in-form Yuvraj’.
The ‘Mahi Magic’ worked yet another time and India made a sensational 6 wickets win over SriLanka quenching the thirst of Indian fans growing for over 28 years. India lifted the World Cup for the second time, first being in 1983. The day will still be remembered forever among the cricket fans all over the world.