The final of the World Cup 2019 was probably the most controversial final to date. It stirred reactions from fans, cricket players present and former and many more.
The hosts England being declared the winners after the Super Over against New Zealand ended in a tie. England had scored a higher number of boundaries in their innings, and as per ICC rules, won the match and were named champions, winning their maiden World Cup.
As the debate over the rules is still very hot, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar came up with a unique alternative to decide the winner.
“I feel there should be another super over to decide the winner, instead of considering the number of boundaries scored by both teams. Not just in a World Cup final. Every game is important. Like in football, when teams go into extra time, nothing else matters,” Tendulkar said on his platform 100mb.
After the final, Tendulkar took to Twitter to congratulate England's team. Read the tweet here:
In the dramatic match, the pendulum swung viciously in the final over with England needing nine from three balls when Ben Stokes hit Trent Boult to the deep. The return throw from Martin Guptill hit Stokes' bat as he dived to make his ground for the second run. The ball rebounded to the rope for additional four runs as the match went into Super Over.
Opting to bat, New Zealand had put up a modest 241 for eight. In reply, England ended at the same score, taking the match to the one-over eliminator.
In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes and and Jos Buttler made 15. New Zealand also ended at the same score but the hosts came out victorious on boundary count.