Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has expressed his surprise over the way the winner of the World Cup final was decided. England beat New Zealand in a thrilling game to lift their maiden World Cup trophy. The thrilling game was tied twice in front of an electric atmosphere at Lord’s. Both England and New Zealand scored 241 in their 50 overs.
Ben Stokes had the chance to win it for England when his side needed 2 from the final ball. However, he could score just one and was run-out while taking the double. In the super over, England scored 15. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler hit one boundary each to guide their team to a good score.
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In reply, New Zealand started really well. The first ball was a wide before James Neesham took a double. On the second ball, he hammered Archer for a maximum to put New Zealand on top. With seven needed from four balls, New Zealand were the favourites to win the thrilling clash. The equation was finally down to 2 runs from the last delivery.
But Martin Guptill was run-out while he was trying to take a non-existing double. With neither the first 100 overs nor the super overs being able to decide the winners, England were declared the winners for hitting more number of boundaries. England hit 26 boundaries in the match while New Zealand hit 17.
Since the end of the match, the cricketing fratnerity has come down hard on the ICC rules. And Gautam Gambhir has also joined the bandwagon. The World Cup-winning star called the rule ridiculous as he wrote:
“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.”
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