Athawale Alleges Kohli, Yuvraj Singh Of Match-Fixing In CT Final

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| July 2 , 2017 , 14:33 IST

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has made allegations that India team captain Virat Kohli, senior cricketer Yuvraj Singh and the team fixed the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final against Pakistan where India lost by 180 runs.

"How could the cricketers, who played so well in the entire tournament, not perform in the final match (in London on June 18)?" NDTV quoted Athawale as saying on Saturday.

"In the match against Pakistan, someone like Virat Kohli who scores a century so often and other accomplished players like Yuvraj Singh who have scored so many runs in the past, looked like they were playing to lose," said Athawale.

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The Champions Trophy win was Pakistan's first ICC title win since they won the 2009 World Twenty20 and broke their jinx of not performing well against India in major matches.

"Was the match fixing involved? There should be an inquiry into this," said the minister.

"Anil Kumble was the coach there. Kohli, who has scored so many runs in the past, what happened to him that day? That's the reason why I have a doubt that was it a case of match-fixing," Athawale added.

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"Our players kneeled in front of a rival like Pakistan. The same Pakistan that has kneeled in front of us many times, to kneel in front of them in such a way is major act of disrespect to your nation," Athawale said.

Although India had beat Pakistan in the Group level match by 124 runs, the team led by Kohli lost by a massive 180 runs in the final where Kohli had opted to field after winning the toss.