Stokes says: ‘Didn’t Ask Umpires to Cancel Overthrow Runs in World Cup Final’

The much-debated ‘six’ from England in the World Cup final against New Zealand has once again been headlined after all-rounder Ben Stokes talked about it.  Ben has cleared the air regarding the ‘six’that made England win in the series.  In the latest episode of BBC podcast, the cricketer said, "I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires.”

He added, "I went straight to Tom Latham and said 'Mate, I am so sorry', looked over to Kane and said 'I'm sorry'."  While England is chasing towards its 241 run target at Lord’s on July 14, Stoke hit the bat that ran away to the third man fence.  Stokes was completing his second run in the thrilling chase that eventually ended in a tie.

The umpires after much-discussion and consultation with Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena signalled six runs for the incident, meaning that England getting back into the track with three needed from two balls.  On the superiority of the boundary count -22 fours and two sixes, England were announced winners by the umpires.

Stoke talks about the 'six'  that led to win in world cup final

Even after regulation play and super over, the game ended as a tie and so the umpires decided to take the boundary count into consideration to decide on the winner.  Earlier, Stokes' teammate James Anderson had claimed that the all-rounder, who was hugely apologetic the moment the incident happened, had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision.

Anderson quoted saying, "I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, 'Can you take that four runs off. We don't want it'."

Dharmasena, that was targeted for his overthrow call had accepted his mistake, but said he didn't feel bad about the decision. ICC had also lent their full support to the Sri Lankan umpire over the issue.  Former India skipper Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee will also be discussing issues relating to the World Cup final in the next upcoming meeting.

by Neetu Panwar | Wed, Jul 31 - 03:13 PM

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