Kolkata, November 23: India would have won the cricket World Cup if the final match was played in Kolkata or Mumbai, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Thursday. Addressing party workers at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here, she alleged that attempts were being to "saffronise" the country's cricket team.

"They are trying to paint the entire country saffron. We are proud of our Indian players, and I believe that we would have won the World Cup if the finals had taken place in Kolkata or Wankhede (in Mumbai)," she said. "They even tried to saffronise the team by introducing saffron practice jerseys. The players resisted, and as a result, they did not have to wear those jerseys during the matches," she added. World Cup Final 2023: We Would Have Won the Cup if Final Cricket Match Would Have Been in Eden Gardens or Wankhede, Says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (Watch Video).

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on World Cup Final Match:

Continuing her attack on the BJP, Banerjee said that wherever sinners go, they take along their sins. "The Indian team played so well that they won all the matches in the World Cup, except the one attended by the sinners," she said, without naming anyone. ‘PM Narendra Modi’s Visit to Dressing Room Was Special and Motivating’ Ravindra Jadeja Shares Thoughts After India’s CWC 2023 Final Defeat to Australia.

Mamata Banerjee Says India Would Have Won If World Cup Final Was Played At Eden Gardens Or Wankhede

Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in a poll speech in Rajasthan, had used the 'panauti' barb against PM Narendra Modi as he had attended the World Cup final which India lost to Australia after 10 consecutive wins in the tournament. The BJP has demanded action by the Election Commission against Gandhi for his comment.