The cricket fans couldn’t have asked for a better World Cup final that they witnessed in the 2019 edition. As they say, England were playing New Zealand at Lord’s and the match went into the Super Over that was eventually won by the home side on the basis of the boundary-count rule.
A year later, England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan who led the side in the World Cup revealed that there was a moment where he thought that the World Cup is gone.
“There’s only one (moment of doubt) for me and it probably came to me the second time I watched it. Jimmy Neesham’s bowling to Ben, he bowls a slower ball, Ben hits it down to long-on and I remember the ball being in the air …,” Morgan was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“And it’s gone high and not quite as long as he’d liked and for a minute I just thought ‘That’s it, it’s over, Ben’s out, we still need 15 an over’ – that’s when I thought for a split second we were dead and buried,” he added.
This was the first time that England lifted the 50-over World Cup in the history of the game. They had reached the final thrice but never won it.
New Zealand on the other side was playing their second World Cup final on the trot. They had lost 2015 final too. There were a lot of interesting as well as controversial moments in the match and one of them came when a throw from the deep by Martin Guptill went for a boundary after getting deflected from Ben Stokes’ bat.
The International Cricket Council had later scrapped the boundary count rule and has further said the Super Over will be repeated in case of a tie. England lifted their first-ever World Cup after beating New Zealand in the final at Lord’s earlier this year on the basis of more boundary count.
The release by the ICC on Monday said: “The Super Over as a way to decide results at ICC events will be retained.”