Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday advocated for a second super over to decide the winner. Such an arrangement can be made in matches in which both the teams cannot be separated even after the Super Over as it did happen in ICC Cricket World Cup final.
In a nail-biting finale at the iconic Lord’s stadium on Sunday, the hosts England were crowned World Cup champions as they had hit more boundaries than their opponent New Zealand since both their quota of 50 overs as well as the Super Over ended in a tie.
Talking to 100mb, the legendary batsman said, “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”.
The boundary rule has been criticised by many current and former cricket players. These include the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Scott Styris, Gautam Gambhir and many others.
When asked whether the World Cup format should be changed as far as the knockout stages are concerned, Sachin answered: “I think the two teams that finish at the top should definitely have something going for them for having played consistently through the tournament.”
On MS Dhoni’s batting position in the semi-finals, Tendulkar opined “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.”