Not fair to have result like that, says England captain Eoin Morgan despite World Cup win

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 20 July 2019, 01:31 PM
England was declared winners after their boundary count was greater than that of New Zealand
England was declared winners after their boundary count was greater than that of New Zealand

England captain Eoin Morgan on Saturday admitted that he is not happy with the way the World Cup 2019 ended. “I don’t think it’s fair to have a result like that when there’s very little between the sides,” Morgan told The Times. “I don’t think there was one moment that you could say: ‘That actually cost the game there.’ It was quite balanced.”

“I’m black and white. I’m normally going: ‘I know. I was there, that happened.’ (But) I can’t stick my finger on where the game was won and lost. I’m not sure winning it makes it any easier. It would be more difficult to lose, of course,” he said.

“There’s no defining moment that you’d say: ‘Yes, we thoroughly deserved it.’ It’s just been crazy.”

The final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England was at fever pitch when it came to tension. England needed 15 runs off the last over and they had only two wickets. Crucially, Ben Stokes was on strike and he was looking in good touch. Trent Boult was given the task of bowling the final over and after two dot balls, the pressure was on England.

Stokes blasted the third ball for a six but on the fourth ball, there were controversy and pandemonium. Stokes thumped a full ball to midwicket and took off for a couple, Martin Guptill threw the ball at the striker’s end as Stokes attempted to make his ground. However, as he dived with the bat stretched, the ball hit the bat and raced away to the boundary.

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena awarded six runs and England needed three off two. The match ended in a tie and the super over was initiated to decide who the winner was. The super over was also tied but England was declared winners after their boundary count was greater than that of New Zealand.

Earlier, Former Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore said that the trophy could have been shared with New Zealand as it would have been a fair reflection of the two teams' "tenacity". "There was no winner, so the trophy could have been shared. It would have been a fair reflection of both teams' tenacity to win the Cup," Whatmore told reporters here after the launch of Sports Exotica's Sports Leisure League holiday programme.

"It is a learning curve. These sorts of things could have been handled better, may be have a re-match, I don't know. Before the sides came to the tournament, they knew about it and that is the bottom line," he added.

Whatmore said those who made the rule might not have anticipated such a situation as happened on Sunday at the Lord's.

"I wonder how many people knew about it at that time. Umpires are humans as well. One would argue the same point for other instances which happened in the past. It is unfortunate, it has happened. After two ties, there was not really a winner. But under the rules which the teams have signed on, it has got to go to England."

First Published: Saturday, July 20, 2019 01:30 PM
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