Another Super Over Should Decide Winner Instead Of Boundaries: Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar endorsed a second super over to decide the winner instead of considering the boundary count if such an extraordinary situation arises like it did in the World Cup final

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On July 14, needing 16 to pull off a sensational win, Guptill and Neesham equaled the target, but England won the WC 2019 title owing to superior boundary count. New Zealand needed 2 runs off the final ball but Guptill’s run-out in the super over restricted New Zealand to 15, thus helping England to win their maiden World Cup title.

England were adjudged the winners on the basis of their superior boundary count - 22 fours and two sixes to New Zealand's 16 - after both the regulation match and the ensuing Super Over ended in a tie.

Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday endorsed a second super over to decide the winner instead of considering the boundary count if such an extraordinary situation arises like it did in the World Cup final.

"I feel there should be another super over to decide the winner, instead of considering the number of boundaries scored by both teams. Not just in a World Cup final. Every game is important. Like in football, when teams go into extra time, nothing else matters," Tendulkar told 100mb.

Current and former cricketers including Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, have 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 knock out stages, Tendulkar 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."

During India's semifinal, former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was sent at number seven with Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik being promoted in the batting order.

Asked what batting order he would have gone with for the chase, Tendulkar said: "Without a doubt, I would've sent MS Dhoni at his usual position, No.5.

"With the kind of situation that India was in and the experience that he has, the need of the hour was for him to build the innings. Hardik could've batted at 6 and Karthik would've followed at 7."