Mumbai: A lot will depend on how the wicket will play in the World Cup final on Saturday . And Sri Lanka's urge to have a look at it was quite understandable.
But Mahela Jayawardene went a bit further when he allegedly tried to touch the wicket and get a feel of it on Thursday. And when Wankhede Stadium curator Sudhir Naik stopped him from doing so, a furious altercation ensued.
"Jayawardene was upset that he was not allowed to touch the wicket. He asked Naik 'would you stop Sachin Tendulkar from touching the wicket?' Naik shot back saying that I won't because he knows the rules," a source told MiD DAY. Naik lost his cool when Jayawardene questioned his credentials. "He (Jayawardene) went on to ask what level of cricket he (Naik) had played. Naik got angry and told Jayawardene about his international stint. Eventually, ICC General Manager Dave Richardson intervened and explained the rules to the Sri Lankan team," the source added. Naik confirmed the incident.