‘Real shame the trophy was decided on boundary count’
By virtue of hitting more boundaries in the match, England were declared the World Cup winners after having tied with New Zealand in the Super Over.
The nerve wrecking havoc of the World Cup final is yet to be recovered. The match created history by being the only World Cup final to be decided into a ‘Super Over’ after the two contesting teams ended in ties on fifty over.
At the end of the high voltage thriller, the Kiwis managed to score 15 runs in the Super Over which was the same tally as that of England. And therefore, the home team was declared the winners on ground of ICC’s boundary rule.
Speaking to reporters in London on Tuesday a shocked Kane Williamson said,
“After two months of getting to the final stage and to have a tie … I guess it’s an odd feeling to, in some ways, not have a loser of a match but have a crowned winner.”
The Kiwi skipper was adjudged Player of the Tournament on Sunday.
The Black Caps coach Gary Stead also said that ICC need to review its’ rules after what he termed as a “hollow” final.
“I mean, such a fine line,” Williamson said. “Maybe the worst part is there’s so much you can’t control in those situations and it still eventuates the way it did.
“All and all, I think it was a real shame the tournament was decided in the way it was after two teams went at it in two attempts of cricket games and it was still a tie. We went toe-to-toe and fine print decided it,” the Kiwi skipper added.