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I think Gautam Gambhir is right; it is indeed an idiotic rule to award a match to a side on the basis of number of boundaries hit by it. In the case of the Final World Cup 2019 cricket match the very situation at the end of the match indicated that England was no better than the New Zealand team as the latter had equaled the total score piled up by the former with a lesser number of boundaries. That shows the proficiency of the team. It is the number of runs that win matches and not the number of boundaries hit by a side. Boundaries after all help to build up a total and they can be scored on account of any number of reasons, like patchy fielding or presence of a pinch hitter in the opposition and so on. Capability of hitting boundaries cannot be the criterion for judging a winner. To that extent I feel that the rules, if they prescribe a winner on the basis of the number of boundaries hit by a team, are bizarre and verging on being ridiculous.

In fact, I find the New Zealand team fared better on two counts. One I have already indicated above, i.e. it scored equal number of runs without as many boundaries as scored by England. It also fared better than England in equaling the total set by it losing lesser number of wickets. Which total is better: 240 for 10 wickets or 240 for 8 wickets? Obviously the latter! Hence the winner should have been the New Zealand team - not the English team. The question of a tie, therefore, did not arise. It could have been a tie had both the teams scored the same number of runs for the loss of the same number of wickets.

The result announced perhaps cannot be changed now but the ICC should sit down and think about it to make the rules more rational and logical. Damage has been done this time to the New Zealanders. It needs to be ensured that no other team suffers the same fate as New Zealand in future.

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Comment I might add, having played cricket myself, it takes more skill to hit a boundary, breaking a ring of fielders, than it is to make runs on a ball collected by a fielder, This is the rationale of the boundary award in terms of runs, 4 or 6 runs, and arguably of the current rule. .

R D Ashby
07/22/2019 14:13 PM

Comment I agree

Proloy Bagchi
07/22/2019 02:18 AM

Comment An 'idiotic rule' ? Oxymoron. No appeal by the NZ team, because it applied to both teams from the outset. If the rule changed as you suggest it should then, in future, both teams would channel their strategy to that end, so the victory would be according to the rule.

R D Ashby
07/21/2019 14:31 PM




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