There was no instruction to lose the 2011 World Cup final: Murali
Published : Saturday, 12 August, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 212
Mumbai, Aug 11: World's highest wicket taker and the member of Sri Lanka's 2011 World Cup squad Muttiah Muralitharan says there was "no instruction" to lose the final.
Speaking to Santosh Menon on the chat show called chat-athon, the 45-year-old Muralitharan says, "India was the first best team and ours was the second best team in the tournament. We had a good opportunity to win in the final, but two things happened. I had a groin injury in the semi final and Angelo Mathews, who was among runs was completely out (final) because he was injured".
"The batsmen were scoring runs but the middle order batsmen didn't click in few matches and the selectors made 3-4 changes and it was far than a regular team".
"(On winning the toss) the senior players and the selectors were scared of chasing the target and thought of batting first. But in my mind was to bat second because I thought India could chase any target and this was intimated to the team-management. This I had told to them with my previous tour experience of dew factor".
"But Sanga said he has been promised by the match referee that they would spray the chemicals and no dew threat to the final".
"Within 15 overs dew came and they could do nothing. There was no match-fixing but Mathews' injury, miscalculation (on dew factor) cost us the World Cup final. But we can't take away credit from India".
This interview should clear the doubts, if any, in the minds of Arjuna Ranatunga, who time and again has been demanding probe.