The focus of the lone T20I was whether India would be able to complete a 9-0 thrashing of Sri Lanka across formats. And led by their captain Virat Kohli, the touring part did win the match by seven wickets in Colombo and thus became the first team to complete a whitewash of a home team across the three formats.
But if one rolls back the match footage to the very start i.e. at the time of toss, it would be clear that a big mistake went unnoticed that could have had a far-reaching effect on the final result of the match.
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As is the practice, the official presenter Murali Kartik introduced the two captains, the match referee Andy Pycroft and toss representative Gautam at the coin toss. Upul Tharange then tossed the coin and Kohli made the call - heads.
The coin rolled away, Pycroft confirmed it was tails and pointed his finger towards the Sri Lankan skipper. And inexplicably, Kartik claimed - heads it is and proceeded to have a chat with Kohli, asking his decision.
Kohli opted to field and even though Sri Lankan team batted well, posting a competitive 170/7, India easily chased down the target in 19.2 overs with seven wickets remaining.
Now, it's anybody's guess what would have happened - did Kartik misheard the referee? And if it was indeed the case, what stopped Pycroft from correcting the Indian? What would have been the result if the blunder was avoided and Sri Lankan team was given the chance to make the call on whether to bat first or field? Would the result have been different if India were asked to bat first? .
Would not have made any difference! At least this was somewhat a close finish, otherwise the Indians would have steam rolled us.
kumar Friday, 08 September 2017 03:36 AM
EXCUSES!! Always looking for excuses! Always it a case of looking for something to justify the sheer ineptness of the selectors, the absence of commitment by the team, and mostly the corruption at the SLC.
Andrew Dias Friday, 08 September 2017 06:46 AM
No matter who batted or fielded first or a soft ball used,, Sri Lanka would have been thrashed.
Quintin Friday, 08 September 2017 07:39 AM
Sri Lanka batted well and India did better and won, One should take the defeat in good spirit even if it hurts.
Huna Friday, 08 September 2017 01:08 PM
The referee clearly said "Heads India " , Dont know what this big fuzz is about
Virendra Sunday, 17 September 2017 07:30 PM
So now we will stoop down to this level to escape the shame? Let's go for conspiracy theories.
Shantha Kumara Monday, 18 September 2017 12:12 AM
The article appears to be from Times of India. It was probably written by one of their journalists. Why our guys are commenting as if Sri Lankans are trying to find excuses. We had lost many matches in the past and will loose many in future. So has India. We do not currently have inform players. We also have many issues politically and administratively. So all these contributed to the fall of cricket standard in Sri Lanka.
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