Harsha Bhogle Hails Super Over Rule Change, Adds His Suggestion

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Indian commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle hailed ICC's decision to tweak the Super Over rule after the controversial World Cup final earlier this year

Written By Koushik Narayanan | Mumbai | Updated On:
Harsha Bhogle

Indian commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle hailed ICC's decision to tweak the Super Over rule after the controversial World Cup final between England and New Zealand and said that the right decision has been made. ICC changed the Super Over rule following a controversial World cup final that saw the match being tied in a Super Over and the winner being decided on the boundary count instead of another Super Over. Hailing the change in the rule in favour of many Super Overs over the boundary count rule, Harsha Bhogle said that the possibility of the World Cup-like situation was almost impossible and even went on to add a suggestion of his own that could be included in the rule. Adding to the rule, Harsha Bhogle said subsequent Super Overs should not feature players who have played in the previous ones(if any). 

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Change in the old rule

In group stages, if the Super Over is tied then the match will be tied. In Semi-Finals and Finals, the super over will continue till one team scores more runs than another team. It keeps in mind the basic principle of scoring more runs than the opponent to win. The rule change comes at the back of a bizarre end to the recently concluded men's World Cup, where England beat New Zealand in the finals courtesy of having scored more boundaries.  The previous rule stated that if at the end of a Super Over, the match is tied, then the team that has hit the most boundaries in the main match and Super Over wins. If even after that, the score is tied, then the team whose batsmen have scored more boundaries in the main match only, will be declared the winner. However, still, if the match is tied, then the team with the higher scoring delivery shall be the winner. A press release by the Council stated, "Following on from a recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, the Chief Executives’ Committee agreed that use of the Super Over as a way to decide results at ICC events will be retained. Both the Cricket Committee and CEC agreed it was an exciting and engaging conclusion to the game and will remain in place covering all games at both ODI and T20I World Cups. In group stages, if the Super Over is tied the match will be tied. In Semi-Finals and Finals, there is one change to the Super Over-regulation in keeping with the basic principle of scoring more runs than the opponent to win, the Super Over will be repeated until one team has more runs than the other."

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