The World Cup finals between England and New Zealand went on in an intense way, where finalizing the winner has become the toughest part.
After scoring 241 runs for 50 overs by both the teams, they went for a super over, where they ended again at 15 runs. However, England was declared as the winner of the tournament based on the boundary count.
Like many others, Former Indian Opener Gautam Gambhir too has questioned the rule, while giving compliments to New Zealand for the way they have gracefully accepted a painful defeat.
“I didn’t hear anyone breaking TV sets. I didn’t hear anyone castigating Kiwi players, etc. The entire nation deserves credit for the way they have accepted the result,” – Gautam Gambhir said.
But Gambhir couldn’t accept the boundary count rule which was put forward to finalize the winner in the tournaments.
“In the 2007 T20 World Cup, I remember how embarrassing it was to win a game of cricket on the basis of a bowl out. It was our game against Pakistan. Even more ridiculous was the rule in this World Cup where the number of boundaries hit was used as a tie-breaker,” – he added.
He went on speaking on the New Zealand’s defeat on a questioning rule called boundary count.
“My logic is as follows: New Zealand hit less number of boundaries than England but they still scored the same number of runs in the actual game and also in the super over. Maybe New Zealand was pacing their innings in a different manner, maybe when they batted in the morning it was tough to hit fours and sixes but it became relatively easier when England batted in the latter half.” – he added.
“How do you factor in the conditions? How do you factor in the match situation for both teams?” – he questioned.
Gambhir opined that the best decision would have been to declare England and New Zealand as joint winners.
“I just feel we tend to complicate things when most of it is pretty clear. In this case, a tie is a tie. Period. I wonder which stock market would have crashed if both England and New Zealand would have been declared as joint winners after the super over tie. I hope the rule is archived as another poor attempt to fix something which was never broken.” – He said.
Gambhir concluded by patting the back of ICC for rolling out sporting pitches for World Cup.
“I must congratulate the ICC on one thing: the nature of wickets. This time the balance was not too much tilted in favor of the batsmen. I loved these not-so-high-scoring games where all skills have space. I am not sure if we need placid tracks where toss becomes all-important,” – Gambhir said.