England won the ICC Men Cricket World Cup 2019 on basis of hitting more boundaries than New Zealand in the final. The match was a tie after 50 overs as well as after the Super Over but the hosts managed to claim their maiden World Cup title.
With the Super Over also ending in a tie, the winner of World Cup 2019 was decided by the number of boundaries – the hosts’ 24 boundaries compared to the Black Caps’ 17 proved to be the deciding factor.
It was hard for the fans and critics to digest that the champions of the tournament was declared on the basis of such a small rule. Twitter flooded with posts on the logic behind the tiebreaker. Here are some of the best reactions:
Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in.
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
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 14, 2019
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
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.
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) July 14, 2019
Would like to hear the logic on why the tiebreaker is biased on boundaries hit and not wickets taken.
— Andrew Fidel Fernando (@afidelf) July 14, 2019
Know how every time a weird cricket rule is discussed, you struggle to explain it and someone says, ‘what if it happens in a World Cup final?’
Today’s that day. A World Cup final has been tied after a Super Over, and a tie has been broken on boundary count #CWC19
— Srinath (@srinathsripath) July 14, 2019
Nice work @ICC … you are a joke!!!
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) July 14, 2019
This is the first time a 50-over World Cup has been decided after the Super Over.