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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sachin too in favour of another Super Over

'I feel there should be another Super Over to decide the winners'

By Our Bureau and Agencies in Calcutta/New Delhi
  • Published 17.07.19, 4:41 AM
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Sachin Tendulkar too endorsed a second Super Over to decide the winners instead of considering the boundary count if such an extraordinary situation arises like it did in Sunday’s World Cup final at Lord’s.

“I feel there should be another Super Over to decide the winners, instead of considering the number of boundaries scored by both teams. Not just in a World Cup final, but in every game.

“Each and every game is important. Like in football, when teams go into extra time, nothing else matters,” Sachin told 100mb.

On Monday, Clive Lloyd had said the same thing in an interview to The Telegraph, besides emphasising the need to revisit the rule.

“It’s bad enough for a World Cup final to be decided via the Super Over, but it went a step further, with boundaries coming into play. Teams would have been aware of the rules, but this one definitely needs to be revisited... Maybe, there should have been one more Super Over,” Lloyd said in the interview.

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

Asked if the World Cup format needs to be changed in the knockout stages, Sachin 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.”

Sachin, meanwhile, picked five Indians in his World Cup all-star XI, but preferred Englishman Jonny Bairstow to Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the team’s wicketkeeper. India skipper Virat Kohli, vice-captain and tournament’s top scorer Rohit Sharma, pacer Jasprit Bumrah along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja were all part of the team selected by Sachin.

Sachin also named Kane Williamson besides including Shakib-al Hasan. England’s Ben Stokes was the other all-rounder in the side apart from Pandya. Mitchell Starc led the pace department, which also comprises Jofra Archer.