I am sure by now every one of you has seen the latest episode in BCCI’S hit reality TV show, Kyunki Kambli bhi Kabhi Kricket Khelta Tha. This time Kambli has klaimed that the 1996 World Cup Semifinal against Sri Lanka was fixed. As some people with no lives or the people who were actually there might remember, India needed to chase 252 runs to win and were 98/1 before losing 7 wickets for 22 runs. Seeing this epic display, the ever courteous Kolkata crowd set parts of the stands on fire and threw food and water into the field and tried to make the SL team feel at home by recreating Lanka-dahan in the stands. However, as it turns out, they don’t burn Raavan during Dussehra down in Sri Lanka. So the match was abandoned and awarded to Sri Lanka by default.
I for one have always supported Vinod Kambli. Right from the school days, when Kambli scored 34 runs more than Tendulkar in their unbroken 664 run partnership, Kambli has been the best thing that happened to cricket since wood. People often compare him to Tendulkar unfairly; Kambli has a better hairstyle, a Bollywood career better than Tusshar Kapoor’s, a political career and a superhot wife. What has Sachin ever done except be the greatest sportsperson to play for India ever?
So I say Kambli is right. That match was fixed. As Kambli puts it, ‘there was something fishy’ and ‘something was amiss’. Everyone from Sharad Pawar to Azhar has criticised Kambli and challenged him to prove his so-called irresponsible statements. However, if one examines the details of the match, the evidence is all over the place. Let me prove it:
What do you think? Are you convinced? If yes, tell me in the comments section. If you leave your house address as well, the lunatic asylum officers will be at your house at 5 PM sharp tomorrow.
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