- Some fans think India is breaking tournament rules
- Theory revolves around skipper Rohit Sharma’s coin tosses
- Eagle-eyed fans compared his efforts to those of Pat Cummins.
Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins has unwittingly been drawn into a wild conspiracy theory that India is cheating in the ODI World Cup.
The hosts are unbeaten after 10 matches and qualified for the final on November 19 after beating a gallant New Zealand by 70 runs on Wednesday.
But Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s allegedly questionable conduct during the toss has outraged many cricket fans.
Numerous clips from eagle-eyed supporters on social media have shown Sharma throwing the pre-match coin so far that the opposition skipper cannot see how it lands.
Fans concluded that he was doing it because the International Cricket Council wants India to win the World Cup so much that it asked match officials to rule that India won the toss, even when the play goes against the home team.
During Wednesday’s semi-final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Kiwi captain Kane Williamson took the match referee’s word that he had lost the toss and did not watch how the coin landed.
Australia captain Pat Cummins has unwittingly been drawn into a wild conspiracy theory suggesting India is cheating in the ODI World Cup.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s allegedly questionable conduct during the toss has outraged many cricket fans.
India then plundered 4-397 from their 50 overs after winning the toss and bat – then bowled out New Zealand for 327.
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest any wrongdoing on the part of Sharma, the BCCI or the ICC.
Former Pakistan Test bowler Sikandar Bakht is a believer and fueled the claims during a television appearance.
“Can I give you a conspiracy theory? he said. “At the time of the toss, Rohit Sharma tosses the coin away from the reach of any opposing captain.
“So the opposing captain can’t go check the call.”
In contrast, Cummins can be seen in other clips throwing the coin considerably lower than Sharma, ensuring that the opposing skipper can easily see the result.
Veteran Australian sports commentator Gerard Whateley has called the situation involving India in the ODI World Cup ‘scandalous’
The left-fielding allegations have not been addressed publicly by Sharma, the BCCI or the ICC, but given India have also been accused of changing pitches ahead of their semi-final against the Kiwis, the suggestions that hosts receive favorable treatment continue to fester. .
Respected Australian sports commentator Gerard Whateley has described the situation around the Indian semi-final ground as “scandalous”.
“This is an international tournament, but it hasn’t really been that way,” he said.
“It’s like a tournament in India for India and for India to win.
“It’s one thing when you are the host nation of your own Test series that the team influences the pitch preparation. (But) that just shouldn’t happen at an international tournament.
“This is so brazen and confirms everything we know about pitch preparation in India. No matter how much we deny it.