Former legendary Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva has asked the individuals who blame matches to be corrupt or fixed to come up with evidence to justify their allegations other the matter become baseless when there isn’t any proof. When you are labelling someone as an offender or a criminal you must have evidence with you to support your statement.
It must be learnt here that former Sri Lankan World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga recently made a shocking statement that investigation must be done in the 2011 World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka which eventually India won comfortably in the end despite suffering early setbacks during the beginning of their innings.
Ranatunga said that he was utterly disappointed after the Islanders lost the final and he knew that something wasn’t right. He even went further by saying that he will come up with the evidence one day to prove that the final was fixed. It also meant that Ranatunga had questioned the integrity of some greats of the game including Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muttiah Muralitharan and so on.
“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,” Ranatunga said. Without naming any individuals Ranatunga said that players cannot hide their “dirt” with their clean white clothing.
It must be recalled here that Sri Lanka had posted a challenging 274 on the board after batting first and while chasing India had lost two of their most important wickets in the form of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. From there on, India staged a dramatic comeback and on the back of fighting knocks by Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni, the hosts eventually won the match and with that the coveted World Cup title.
Aravinda, on the other hand, feels one must support his statement with proof otherwise there is no point in giving these sort of statements.
“You can’t stop people talking when they have a grudge against certain people. One can say many things against them,” Aravinda said.
“But at the end of the day you need to come out and prove what you are saying. It’s fair that they should have all the proof needed,” Aravinda was quoted as saying by the mid day without naming an individual.
“Obviously, it hurts. I think players make mistakes on the field and every time they do, they are likely to be accused of various things,” he concluded.