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Explained: Here’s why the toss happened twice in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Final

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The anticipation for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is building, as cricket enthusiasts around the globe eagerly await the action-packed tournament. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, the Men In Blue are gearing up to relive the glory of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, when MS Dhoni captained the team to victory.

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India is playing host to this prestigious event after a hiatus of more than a decade, with the last edition being the unforgettable 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. It was a historic moment when the Indian team, led by MS Dhoni, clinched the coveted trophy after 28 long years.

However, the subsequent years have not seen India secure another ICC Cricket World Cup victory. The closest they came to international glory was in 2013 when they triumphed in the ICC Champions Trophy held in England. With the 2023 World Cup returning to their home soil, the Rohit Sharma-led Indian squad is determined to seize the opportunity and recreate the magic of 2011.

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While reminiscing about the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, one peculiar incident from the final match between India and Sri Lanka continues to captivate cricket enthusiasts. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai was the battleground for this thrilling encounter, where the toss took an unexpected twist.

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In a conversation with Indian spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara shed light on the intriguing behind-the-scenes story of that toss. Sangakkara disclosed that the toss had to be conducted twice due to the raucous crowd present at the stadium.

According to Sangakkara, there was a miscommunication between him and MS Dhoni during the initial toss. Sangakkara claimed to have called “heads,” but Dhoni couldn’t hear him correctly and perceived it as “tails.” This confusion prompted a second toss, which led to a clearer outcome. Kumar Sangakkara once again emerged victorious in the toss, leaving cricket fans with a memorable and somewhat comical moment.

Looking ahead to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, the tournament is set to kick off on October 5th. The opening match will feature the finalists from the previous edition, New Zealand and defending champions England. The anticipation for India’s first match on October 8th against Australia, one of the tournament favorites and the most successful team in World Cup history, is palpable among fans worldwide.

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