World Cup 2019: Some Rules Definitely Need Serious Look In – Rohit Sharma After World Cup Final
The final of World Cup 2019 turned out to be one of the most enthralling and controversial matches in the history of the game. A tie was not enough to adjudge the winner of the match as for the first time in the history of ODI cricket, a super over took place. To add to it, the super over was also a tied affair and in the end, England were adjudged as the winner of the competition for hitting more boundaries than New Zealand.
Enroute the title victory, England found luck on their side as they were wrongly rewarded six runs instead of five – by an overthrow that deflected off Ben Stokes’ bat – while on another occasion, Trent Boult touched the boundary rope with the ball in his hand, that saw six runs added to England’s total.
The final of 2019 World Cup lived up to its promise but two events in the later part of the match stirred controversy. First, the overthrow from Martin Guptil created controversy. He threw a ball towards the wicket-keeper from the deep that went to a boundary after touching Ben Stokes’ bat.
As per the rules, England were awarded six runs (though they should have been awarded five runs) but practically looking at it, the runs should not have been given as it deflected off batsman’s bat. Neither it was a misfield, nor any fielder did a mistake.
Another controversy erupted in the final when England were adjudged as the winner on the basis of hitting more boundaries than New Zealand. Many former greats have criticised this as in no case, this should be the barometer to judge the winner at least in the final but rules are rules, that saw England escape a defeat.
India’s limited-overs vice-captain, Rohit Sharma took to Twitter to question the rules and suggested that few rules need a serious look in. He though did not mention the rules he wants to be looked in-
Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 15, 2019
Surely, he is also indicating towards overthrow rule and the number of boundaries rule as these just turned the game and helped England lift the title.
Had the ball not deflected off Stokes’ bat, the things could have been different but he was lucky on the day of the final and in the end, England finally won the trophy for the first time in 44 years.
New Zealand again fell short and extended their dream to win the trophy for another four years.
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