Alternative to Boundary Count Suggested

Alternative to Boundary Count Suggested

Alternative to Boundary Count Suggested

Bharat Arun suggests wickets lost should be the deciding factor.

The ICC Cricket World Cup final will go down in history as the greatest game ever played in the tournament, given that the winner had to be decided by way of superior boundary count since the Super Over ended in a tie. England won their first-ever title because of this.

The rule came under heavy criticism from fans to former players and former coaches alike. They believe that the trophy should be “shared” between England and New Zealand rather than having to resort to such a rule. India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun shared the same sentiments.

The regulation match ended with England scoring 241/10 while New Zealand had 241/8. This prompted a Super Over to decide who the tournament winner would be. However, both teams were still tied at 15 runs each. Because of the ruling that ‘the team with the most number of boundaries during the course of the game will be crowned as the winner,’ England won the tournament. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar wasn’t happy to see a team winning and losing by such a decision.

“I agree with Sachin Tendulkar that one more Super Over could have been played. Why look only at boundaries when there are so many methods to make runs? Looking at the number of wickets lost is the best way to decide,” Bharat Arun said. He also said that the top two teams of the group stage should be given some incentive or advantage. “There should be some incentive for the teams that finish first and second in this long, demanding league phase. We should have play-offs like in the IPL,” he said.

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