India emerged victorious within the extremely prestigious Asia Cup 2023, securing an astounding 10-wicket overcome Sri Lanka within the finals held at Colombo on Sunday.
Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj performed a pivotal function on this outstanding victory, delivering an exceptional bowling spell with figures of 6/21. His distinctive efficiency decimated the Sri Lankan batting order, limiting them to 50 runs. The Rohit Sharma-led aspect then effectively chased the goal with out shedding a single wicket.
Amidst the celebration of India clinching their report eighth Asia Cup title, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar vehemently criticized those that entertained the notion that Rohit and his workforce had any intention of intentionally shedding their Tremendous 4 match towards Sri Lanka to forestall Pakistan from reaching the ultimate.
Of their Tremendous 4 encounter towards Sri Lanka, which passed off final Wednesday, India got here dangerously near a defeat. The younger Sri Lankan sensation Dunith Wellalage prompted fairly a stir by securing his first-ever five-wicket haul in One Day Internationals, sending a wave of apprehension via the dominant Indian batting lineup.
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Why would Bharat lose intentionally to Sri Lanka?: Sunil Gavaskar
The previous Indian captain strongly refuted allegations made by people throughout the western border who claimed that the India vs Sri Lanka Tremendous 4 match was ‘fastened’, insinuating that India deliberately underperformed to remove Pakistan from the Asia Cup.
“What a decent slap on the faces of all these throughout the Western border who had been screaming and shrieking that Bharat after being dismissed for 213 towards Sri Lanka was purposely shedding the sport in order to deprive Pakistan of a spot within the remaining. Did these brainless folks even consider the chance that after Bharat loses the sport to Sri Lanka after which Pakistan beat Sri Lanka and the Bharat v Bangladesh sport will get rained off, it was Bharat who wouldn’t have certified for the ultimate. So why would Bharat lose intentionally to Sri Lanka? Morons” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day.
Following Pakistan’s official elimination from the match after shedding the digital semifinal to Sri Lanka on Thursday, Gavaskar anticipated the emergence of additional conspiracy theories. Nonetheless, he discovered it unsurprising that Pakistan and its media redirected their anger and scrutiny towards their skipper, Babar Azam.
“When Pakistan misplaced to Sri Lanka and had been knocked out of the match, we had been anticipating some extra conspiracy theories blaming Bharat for the loss, however surprises by no means stop in order that they forgot every part else and focused on lambasting their skipper Babar Azam for his or her exit from the match” the 74-year-old additional added.