“It should have been a DRAW!”

It was an unforgettable span of 102 overs. It was stop-the-car-in-the-middle-of-the-road and stream-on-mobile fantastic action of cricketry on the
14th of July between England and New Zealand!

As AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) put it: “Gonna struggle to sleep after today’s sporting events! What a weekend. Congrats @Eoin16 and @englandcricket, fairytale finish at Lord’s.”

But it appears only a handful is content with the result. The fans left stunned and baffled. It was not only the fans though, big guns in the game had their fair share too. Let us see tweets of some those now.

(Ben Stokes reacts after scoring the fortunate four runs. Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
A Desperate Battle!
(Ben Stokes reacts after scoring the fortunate four runs. Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

While their own destiny was sealed-off by the Kiwis themselves, some Indian cricketing stars believe the 14th night belonged to either team.

Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir): “Don’t understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries. A ridiculous rule @ICC. Should have been a tie. I want to congratulate both @BLACKCAPS & @englandcricket on playing out a nail biting Final. Both winners imo.”

Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) suggests a shared trophy:

“Difficult to digest this more boundary rule. Something like sudden death- continuous super overs till a result is a better solution. Understand, wanting a definite winner but sharing a trophy is better than deciding on more boundaries. Very tough on New Zealand. #EngVsNZ”

Yuvi (@YUVSTRONG12) agrees with Gambhir: “I don’t agree with that rule! But rules are rules congratulations to England on finally winning the World Cup, my heart goes out for the kiwis they fought till the end Great game an epic final!!!! #CWC19Final”

Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) did not miss out on the action either: “Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in.”

Aussies were surely stunned by the result too…

Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58): “Congratulations to England! Commiserations New Zealand. I’ve got to say that it’s a horrible way to decide the winner. This rule has to change.”

Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) wants more super overs! “What a game of cricket yesterday. Congrats to both teams for putting on a terrific show – full of skill, drama and courage. Feel for NZ as they were outstanding. Well done England. I just wish there was another super over or as many super overs as required to have a clear winner”

Stuart Macgill (@scgmacgill) is quite expressive in his post: “Boundaries win the World Cup? Lovers of cricket turn up for wickets (ENG 10-241, NZ 8-241) AND runs. I love both of these teams but am feeling extremely dissatisfied despite such an amazing match. Shame on all media who fail to highlight the fact that this was a tie. BOOOOOO”

Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) chipped in: “Congrats England in their first World Cup win… unlucky New Zealand… the Laws or rules of the Tournament need to be looked at! It’s a WC Final!!! Another Super over at least!”

It is no wonder that Kiwis would be distort after the match. They expressed their displeasure. Especially Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) in a couple of tweets…

“Nice work @ICC … you are a joke!!!”

“Shared. This isnt franchise cricket, nor is it a match to find a winner to advance a stage. It was two fabulous teams who battled for 100 overs. Simply a tie”

Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) wants a re-match! “That is actually brutal…. can we come back tomorrow please? #CWC19Final #ENGvsNZ”

Our own Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) also had something to say about the boundary rule: “Rules are rules  .. no one could ever have foreseen such freakish events and now that we have the experience ..for next time we do need to look at it as it’s probably not the way to decide our biggest prize !! #CWCFinal19”

Even Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) who is known for his straightforward expressions was a little hesitant to declare England as the clear winners: “Neither Team deserved to lose that .. What a day for Cricket .. that is how it inspire a new generation of cricketers .. #CWC19”

We will tell you what we think about the result in another post. Meanwhile, please do tell us what you think…

-Ravihansa

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