The Cricket World Cup began on May 30th 2019 in London.
48 games, and 10 teams later, we reached the final on July 14th, between hosts England and perennial underdogs New Zealand.
Both England and New Zealand had never before won a World Cup. No matter what happened or who won, history was going to be made.
When we all look back and think about this, the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, all we are going to remember is that after the 100 overs of play, the game was tied, we then had a Super Over, that too was tied.
There was nothing to differentiate the teams.
England were the eventual winners because of the arbitrary rule that states whoever scores the most boundaries in their 50 overs, wins. England had 26 to New Zealand’s 17.
Should this be a fair way of concluding a game, let alone a World Cup final? I have to ask myself, if any one of the “Big 3” had been on the receiving end of this rule, it would quickly change.
Many former players from all over have come in support of removing this rule from the game, from Gautam Gambhir, Stuart MacGill, Yuvraj Singh, Brett Lee, Rohit Sharma, Scott Styris & Dean Jones to name a few.
This isn’t even the biggest talking point from the final.
In the final over of England’s innings, Ben Stokes set off for a run, when coming back for a second run, a throw from the boundary from Martin Guptill ricocheted off Stokes’ bat and went to the boundary. England were awarded six runs, and Ben Stokes raised his arms to say, “I’m sorry”.
A day after the final however, former elite umpire, Simon Taufel said that this was an error and England should only have been awarded five runs.
In an interview with Fox Sports, Taufel is quoted as saying:
They (England) should have been awarded five runs, and not six. It’s a clear mistake…it’s an error of judgement. In the heat of what was going on, they thought there was a good chance the batsmen had crossed at the instant of the throw
Even in the heartbreaking manner in which the final ended, New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson has held his head high and displayed brilliant sportsmanship.
While England raise that trophy, with their name now etched on, many are asking if New Zealand can feel hard done by?
The answer, from me anyway, is a resounding yes.