The 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri lanka continues to be remembered for the magnificent helicopter shot by Mahendra Singh Dhoni that went for a six and gained the trophy for the hosts at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. But yet one more talked about second of the match befell at the coin toss the place some form of confusion occurred between the 2 captains – Dhoni (India) and Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka – as a result of noise within the crowd.
Speaking in an Instagram Live chat with Ravichandran Ashwin on his newest episode of ‘Reminiscence with Ash’, the previous Sri Lanka captain make clear what precisely went down at the coin toss at Wankhede Stadium in that memorable match.
“The was crowd was huge. It never happens in Sri Lanka. Once I had this at Eden Gardens when I could not talk to the first slip and then of course at the Wankhede. I remember calling on the toss then Mahi wasn’t sure and said did you call tail and I said no I called head,” Sangakkara said.
“The match referee actually said I won the toss, Mahi said he did not. There was a little bit of confusion there and Mahi said let’s have another toss of the coin and heads went up again,” he added.
“I am not sure whether it was luck that I won. I believe probably India might have batted if I had lost,” the previous left-handed batsman additional said.
Talking about not having the ability to win the trophy, Sangakkara said: ”Whether we win or lose, we’ve got this equilibrium on how one can take a win or loss. The smile hides an enormous quantity of disappointment, of disappointment, of considering of 20 million folks again in Sri Lanka who had been ready for this for therefore lengthy, since 1996. We had a possibility in 2011, alternative in 2007, then T20 alternatives in 2009 and 2012.”