The World Cup top run-getter Rohit Sharma stated that some rules definitely needs a look in after the close contest in the final between England and New Zealand. There were some controversial rules which came to the surface after England were adjudged winners on the basis of more boundaries. England had scored 26 boundaries whereas New Zealand scored 17 boundaries in their innings.
In fact, it was also discussed on the social media platform that ICC should consider the number of wickets fallen at the end of the innings to choose the winner. New Zealand would have been winners by this rule as they lost eight wickets whereas England was bowled out for 241 runs.
New Zealand was unlucky.
Furthermore, England had the rub of the green on their side as they got four overthrows from Ben Stokes’ bat. The southpaw batsman had dived to make his way into the crease but the ball deflected to the boundary for four extra runs. However, Stokes’ had not grounded his bat into the crease before the ball ricocheted to the fence for four. Hence, the umpire should have given five runs but Kumar Dharmasena gave six runs.
The rule states as follows:
If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be
— any runs for penalties awarded to either side
— and the allowance for the boundary
— and the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act.
Subsequently, Rohit Sharma took to his Twitter account to share his thoughts. In fact, former International players were also baffled by the ICC rules. There are some controversial rules and it was sad that most of these rules were surfaced in the all-important final.
Rohit Sharma posted, “Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in”.
Here is Rohit Sharma’s tweet.
Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 15, 2019