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|June 12, 1999||
Gavaskar wants inquiry into Zimbabwe loss
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar today claimed that instructions were sent to the players to finish of the match against Zimbabwe, which India eventually lost in that one over of Olanga.
Appearing on ESPN, the sports channel, during the Super Six match between India and New Zealand, he claimed that he had information about such instructions, and wanted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to inquire into it.
''Whoever had sent that instruction ... it is totally rubbish. There was no need for that as you had still one more over to go. Just singles would have taken India past Zimbabwe's total,'' Gavaskar bemoaned.
India, requiring four runs to win and two overs in hand, lost to Zimbabwe, when Olonga bowled that memorable penultimate over, picked up the crucial wickets of Robin Singh, Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad.
This loss, in the end analysis, turned out to be very crucial, as India lost two crucial points, which ultimately led to its exit from the World Cup in the Super Six league itself.
India had the mathematical chance of qualifying for the last four following its spectacular victory over arch-rivals Pakistan, after losing to Australia in the opening Super Six match. But Pakistan's win over Zimbabwe effectively sealed all routes for India.
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