Photo:President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and President Pratibha Patil during his visit to India in June 2010.Photo V.V.Krishnan
Courtesy : The Hindu.
Patil will be flying to Mumbai for the keenly awaited match after India entered the final by thrashing Pakistan at Mohali yesterday, Rashtrapati Bhawan sources said.
The President has been following the game and had watched the India-Pakistan semi-final match.
The Mohali encounter provided the "setting" for a "re-engagement" between India and Pakistan with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani mixing cricket with diplomacy.
"The President wants us (Sri Lanka) to win the World Cup as a tribute to Muttiah Muralitharan who retires from international cricket after this World Cup," Rajapaksa's spokesman Bandula Jayasekera told reporters.
The Sri Lankan President and his three sons were keen spectators on Tuesday night when
Rajapaksa had visited the Caribbean when