England lifted their maiden ICC World Cup beating New Zealand in the finals by a dubious Super Over boundary count rule on Sunday at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium. ICC’s dubious rules attracted a lot of criticisms from the ex-cricketers and fans since last Sunday. Recently, Sachin Tendulkar also slammed the ruling saying that the second Super Over would have been better to decide the winners.
Tendulkar calls for second Super Over
Eoin Morgan & Co posted 15 runs batting first in Super Over after it ended in a tie at the end of 100 overs of exciting cricket. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, who scored the bulk of the runs during the chase once again did the job for England in the tie-breaker. Jofra Archer, who was playing his first World Cup, was handed the ball to defend the target who made a nervous start with a wide. Jimmy Neesham continued his excellent form to take the game deep, but an outstanding work from Jos Buttler in the last ball of the Super Over helped England secure another tie, but the hosts became the champions on the boundary count.
Sachin Tendulkar called for a second Super Over instead of the boundary count which put New Zealand out of contention of the World Cup after the game couldn’t give a winner. The legendary cricketer called for a change in rules not only in the ICC tournament but in every match as every game is important.
“I feel there should be another Super Over to decide the winner, instead of considering the number of boundaries scored by both teams. Not just in a World Cup final. Every game is important. Like in football, when teams go into extra time, nothing else matters,” Tendulkar told 100mb.
Furthermore, when asked if there is a need for a change in the World Cup format, Sachin Tendulkar backed it saying that the top two teams should get some advantage out of it.
“I think the two teams that finish at the top should definitely have something going for them for having played consistently through the tournament,” he concluded.