12:00 AM, July 18, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:18 AM, July 18, 2019

Another Super Over should decide winner: Tendulkar

Another Super Over should decide winner: Tendulkar

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (R) shakes hands with Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar as he receives his Player of the Tournament award after the World Cup final against England at Lord’s on July 14. PHOTO: AFP FILE

Sachin Tendulkar endorsed a second super over to decide the winner instead of considering the boundary count if such an extraordinary situation arises like it did in the World Cup final.

In a gut-wrenching final at Lord’s on Sunday, England were adjudged the World Cup winners on the basis of their superior boundary count - 22 fours and two sixes to New Zealand’s 16 - after both the regulation match and the ensuing Super Over ended in a tie.

“I feel there should be another Super Over to decide the winner, instead of considering the number of boundaries scored by both teams. Not just in a World Cup final. Every game is important. Like in football, when teams go into extra time, nothing else matters,” Tendulkar told 100mb.

Current and former cricketers including Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, have questioned ICC’s “ridiculous” rule on boundary count that decided the World Cup title.

After table-toppers India were knocked out of the World Cup after losing the semi-final to New Zealand, skipper Virat Kohli had suggested IPL-like playoffs instead of knockouts in the World Cup going forward.

Asked if the World Cup format needs to be changed in the knock out stages, Tendulkar said: “I think the two teams that finish at the top should definitely have something going for them for having played consistently through the tournament.”

During India’s semifinal, former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was sent at No. 7 with Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik being promoted in the batting order.


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