Furore over ICC’s Super Over rule for World Cup final: Gambhir, Rohit and Yuvraj raise questions

first_imgFormer India cricketers Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif and vice-captain of Team India, Rohit Sharma have expressed their disappointment with the Super Over rule that was employed in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand on Sunday.The World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s in London ended as a tie and Super Over was used for the first time in ODI cricket to decide the new world champions. Interestingly, the Super Over between England and New Zealand also ended as a tie and England were crowned champions due to the higher count of boundaries hit by them during the final.England vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 final: Highlights | ReportAccording to the ICC rules, “In the event of a Super Over tie, the team that hit more boundaries (combined from both the main match and the Super Over) shall be the winner. If the number of boundaries hit by both teams are equal, the team that hit more boundaries during its innings in the main match shall be the winner. If it is still equal, then the number of scoring deliveries in the Super Over will be taken into account to decide the winner.”England had hit 26 boundaries (inclduing 6s and 4s) while New Zealand managed only 17 in Sunday’s epic final.New Zealand were chasing 16 runs in the Super Over and Martin Guptill, their opener, was run out in the final ball of the Super Over when he tried to complete a double. New Zealand finished with 15 and eventually ended up as the runners-up of World Cup 2019.Taking to social media to slam the ICC rule, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir said: “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 (sic).”India vice-captain put up short but strong message: “Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in.”Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in.Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 15, 2019Yuvraj Singh and his former teammate, Mohammad Kaif said both England and New Zealand should have shared the trophy.”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,” Yuvraj wrote.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. #EngVsNZMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 14, 2019″I don’t agree with that rule ! But rules are rules congratulations to England on finally winning the World Cup , my heart goes out for the kiwis they fought till the end ??. Great game an epic final !!!!,” Kaif said.I don’t agree with that rule ! But rules are rules congratulations to England on finally winning the World Cup , my heart goes out for the kiwis they fought till the end ??. Great game an epic final !!!! #CWC19Finalyuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 14, 20196 or 5? Overthrow rule in World Cup final creates confusionMeanwhile, questions are being asked whether England should have been awarded 5 instead of 6 runs for an overthrow in the final over of their 242-run chase. England were awarded 6 runs and the equation came down to 3 runs from 2 balls after an overthrow went to the boundary following a deflection from batsman Ben Stokes’ bat.Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan react to epic finalNew Zealand captain was gracious despite the heartbreak. After the tense final, he was asked if the rule was a fair way to determine who would become world champions.”I suppose you never thought you would have to ask that question and I never thought I would have to answer it,” Williamson said with a wry smile. “Yeah, while the emotions are raw, it is pretty hard to swallow when two teams have worked really, really hard to get to this moment in time and when sort of two attempts to separate them with a winner and a loser it still doesn’t perhaps sort of shine with one side coming through, you know. It is what it is, really. The rules are there at the start.”No one probably thought they would have to sort of resort to some of that stuff. But yeah, very tough to swallow. A great game of cricket and all you guys probably enjoyed it.”The rules are there I guess, aren’t they, and certainly something you don’t consider going into the match that maybe if we could have an extra boundary and then tied two attempts at winning it we will get across the line and they didn’t think that either. I don’t even know what the boundary count was but we were slightly behind. Yeah, very, very tough to yeah, there you go.”England captain Eoin Morgan said he got to know which side would lift the World Cup in case of a tied Super Over only when he took the field for the final.”I asked what would happen because we sat in a meeting pre-tournament and then when it got close to the chase we started refreshing our minds whether it was going to be a Super Over or not and then communication from [fourth umpire] Aleem Dar up to the changing room before we batted and then reaffirmed when we went out to field,” Morgan said.Also Read | Should New Zealand, not England have won World Cup 2019?Also Read | Allah was with us: Eoin Morgan takes pride in diverse cultures in World Cup-winning England teamAlso See:last_img

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