Legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim made an interesting remark amid the controversy surrounding Indian captain Rohit Sharma’s coin tosses during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023.
Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first against India in the final of the ICC World Cup 2023 on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
“I hope that people are satisfied after India lost the toss today. But I’m sure they will find a way to question this too. Some would say that the coin landed on the sponsor’s logo today which is why India lost the toss. You can't make them happy man,” Akram said on a local sports channel.
Earlier, New Zealand Cricket expressed concerns regarding the coin toss conducted by Indian skipper Rohit Sharma during the first semi-final match of the ICC World Cup 2023, Fox Cricket reported citing a source in Blackcaps' camp.
As per the report, the manner in which Rohit flipped the coin raised doubts among their team throughout the tournament.
Before the semi-final, a dispute emerged amid reports suggesting that the BCCI had pressured the ICC to utilise a previously used playing surface instead of a fresh pitch.
Despite these claims, India maintained an undefeated record, securing a berth in the World Cup 2023 final by convincingly winning all 10 of their matches.
At the coin toss, Kane Williamson deferred to the decision of the match referee as the coin had landed a few metres away. The match referee promptly announced that India had won the toss. Consequently, the Team India elected to bat first, amassing a formidable total of 397-8 in 50 overs.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan cricketer Sikandar Bakht stated that Indian skipper Rohit Sharma threw the coin far away so that New Zealand’s captain couldn’t see it.
"If you see closely enough, whenever Rohit Sharma gets to flip the coin for the toss, he also tosses it far away from the other captain. It is almost far enough that the other captain never really gets to see what the actual outcome of the toss was," Bakht said while talking on Geo News.