Such has been the reputation of cricket in the last couple of decades that every small suspicious activity raises speculations of match-fixing. Since the start of this millennium, the menace of match-fixing has stained the gentlemen’s game to such an extent that whenever a small mistake is committed by cricketers or anyone related to the game.
Well, a similar incident took place on Wednesday (September 6) during the toss of the one-off T20I international between India and Sri Lanka at Colombo when presenter Murali Kartik made a huge mistake. With both the captains- Virat Kohli and Upul Tharanga standing at the crease along with match-referee Andy Pycroft, ready for the toss, the Sri Lankan captain flipped the coin and Kohli called heads.
As expected, the match referee went to see the result of the toss, and he stated that Tharanga won the toss by pointing towards him as it was tails. However, surprisingly Kartik thought it was heads and invited Kohli for the brief chat while Pycroft looked a bit surprised. The match referee even spread his arms in surprise, but shockingly he did not stop Kartik from committing the mistake.
Here is a snippet of that incident:
India had gone on to win the match by seven wickets to complete a 9-0 ‘tour sweep, ‘ but things could have gone very differently had Kartik and Pycroft not committed the blunder before the start of the game.
Batting first, the hosts rode on Dilshan Munaweera’s 29-ball 533 runs knock to post 170 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs.
In reply, India were in a spot of bother after being reduced to 42 for two, but Kohli and Manish Pandey batted them out of the trouble and paved the way for the win with a 119-run partnership. Kohli scored 82 while Pandey scored 51.