Quite a few prominent cricketers have expressed disappointed over the ‘most boundaries’ rule, which led to England’s first ever Cricket World Cup title.
For the uninitiated, in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 finals held at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on July 14, New Zealand had scored 241 runs batting first. Chasing the target, England scored 241 and tied the match. The match then went into a ‘Super Over.’
Both teams scored 15 runs each in the super over thereby leading to a tie once again. However, England was announced as the winner of the World Cup as per the ‘Super Over’ rule. The rule states that in case a super over fails to break the tie in the final, the team that hot more boundaries (fours and sixes combined) wins the trophy.
Some cricketers expressed their views on Twitter about the rule calling it ridiculous and cruel.
Here are some reactions:
— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) July 14, 2019
Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 15, 2019
Congratulations to England!
Commiserations New Zealand.
I’ve got to say that it’s a horrible way to decide the winner. This rule has to change.
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) July 14, 2019
The DL system is actually based on runs and wickets lost… yet the Final result is only based on Boundaries hit? Not fair in my opinion. Must have been great to watch!
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) July 14, 2019
Don’t understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries. A ridiculous rule @ICC. Should have been a tie. I want to congratulate both @BLACKCAPS & @englandcricket on playing out a nail biting Final. Both winners imo.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 14, 2019
Difficult to digest this more boundary rule. Something like sudden death- continuous super overs till a result is a better solution. Understand, wanting a definite winner but sharing a trophy is better than deciding on more boundaries. Very tough on New Zealand. #EngVsNZ
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 14, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 14, 2019