London:England won the ICC Men Cricket World Cup 2019 for the first time in the cricket history as they beat New Zealand in a nail-biting final match at the Lord's Cricket Ground.
The match was a tie after 50 overs as well as after the Super Over but England was declared winner on the basis of hitting more boundaries than New Zealand in the final on Sunday.
The England's 24 boundaries compared to the Black Caps' 17 became the deciding factor in the end. However, 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.
Reacting to the situation, former Indian great, Yuvraj Singh posted on twitter, ''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 !!!!''
Disheartened by the Kiwis loss, former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris twitted, ''Nice work @ICC ... you are a joke!!!''
Expressing his view on twitter, former Indian cricketer and now BJP MP, Gautam Gambhir wrote, ''Don't understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries. A ridiculous rule @ICC. Should have been a tie. I want to congratulate both @BLACKCAPS & @englandcricket on playing out a nail biting Final. Both winners imo.''
''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'', Former Australian bowler pacer Brett Lee tweeted after the match.
Another former Indian cricketer, Mohammad Kaif wrote on twitter, ''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.''(UNI)