Never asked umpire to cancel that four overthrow runs: Ben Stokes
England World Cup hero Ben Stokes has cleared the air surrounding the controversial ‘six’ runs which was awarded to England during the World Cup final against New Zealand. In true sense of terms, those were the runs for which England cruised passed the target set by Kiwis.
With his “hand on heart”, all-rounder Stokes said he never asked the umpires to cancel the four runs off an overthrow during one of the most epic clashes in the sporting history.
In the latest episode of BBC podcast, Stokes said,
“I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires.”
“I went straight to Tom Latham and said ‘Mate, I am so sorry’, looked over to Kane (Williamson) and said ‘I’m sorry’,” he added.
During the final over of England’s innings, Stokes accidentally knocked the ball thrown from deep mid wicket while attempting a dive and that caused the ball racing off to the third man boundary.
The on-field umpires consulted with each other before Kumar Dharmasena signaled six runs given to the home team.
Dharmasena later admitted his mistake saying it was an ‘error of judgment’ but he refused to carry any regret for that.
England came out winning their maiden World Cup title on account of bizarre ‘boundary count’ rule.
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