Kane Williamson passes massive statement on Ben Stokes’ overthrow controversy in the second innings of CWC 2019 final match at Lord’s
What an absolute cracker of a match we have had. England emerge victorious as they win the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground by scoring more number of boundaries throughout the course of the match as the match ended in a tie even in the Super Over.
Batting first after winning the Toss, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson opted to bat first despite the overcast conditions. They somehow huffed and puffed towards a score of 241/8 in their allotted quota of 50 overs.
England in reply, did not play the aggressive brand of Cricket during the 242 run chase. And the fact that they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals with the run rate creeping up didn’t help their cause either.
But, with 15 runs required in the final over, the drama unfolded- the mother of all the nail-biting finishes one would ever witness in the World of sports.
The Ben Stokes overthrow controversy
15 runs were required off the last over. Stokes on strike. Trent Boult with the final over. The greatest ODI match of all-time was reaching its business end. Stokes could not score in the first two deliveries, and with 15 required off the final four deliveries, a controversy erupts. A rare one.
As Stokes was scampering back in desperation for the second run, the ball deflected off Stokes’ bat to hand him four overthrow runs, ultimately adding a total of six runs on the scoreboard. This incident proved to the biggest of the many match-changing moments we witnessed throughout the final at Lord’s.
Kane Williamson, during the post-match presentation passed a massive statement on the aforementioned controversy.
“It was a shame”- Williamson
When asked during the post-match presentation about the controversy, the Kiwi skipper termed it an absolute shame, and hoped that incidents as such never happen in such crunch moments in a game as big as a World Cup final.
“It was a shame that the ball hit Stokes’ bat, but I just hope it doesn’t happen in moments like that. Unfortunately that sort of thing happens from time to time. It’s a part of the game that we play. I don’t wish to nitpick, just hope it never happens in such moments ever again”, exclaimed an absolutely devastated Williamson.
Williamson also commented on one of the most agonising loss his team would have ever faced. He termed the loss as a hard pill to swallow, and an absolutely shattering experience.
#KaneWilliamson in PC asked if everyone should be a gentleman like him:
*Williamson given a standing ovation as he leaves! 🙌🏼
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) July 14, 2019
“The guys are shattered at the moment – it is devastating. They’ve performed at a very high level throughout the tournament. It’s pretty tough to swallow at this stage. But a fantastic effort from our guys”, added Williamson.