It has been over a week since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand. However, the controversy surrounding the overthrow that handed England one extra run is refusing to die down. During England’s chase, a throw from Martin Guptill in the final over hit Ben Stokes’ bat and went to the boundary. England were then awarded six runs. However, as per the rule, only five runs should have been added to England total. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena Admits His 'Error' in Awarding Six Runs to England Against New Zealand In CWC 2019 Final Match!
Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena was the umpire who made the mistake. The umpire later admitted to his mistake. However, after the match was over, England Test bowler James Anderson claimed that Stokes asked umpire not to add four overthrows to England Total.
"I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him (Stokes) after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, 'Can you take that four runs off. We don't want it'. But it's in the rules and that's the way it is," Anderson was quoted as saying. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Final Was Both Best & Worst Day of My Life, Says Martin Guptill.
Meanwhile, speaking to the Sunday Times, Dharmasena has denied Anderson’s claims and has made it clear that Stokes did not make any such proposal. The umpire admitted that he made a “judgmental error” at that moment.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Final Overthrow Controversy: Umpire Kumar Dharmasena Admits Mistake
The final match of the Cricket World Cup 2019 ended in a tie and then Super Over was held. Interestingly, the Super Over ended in a tie as well and England were named winners on superior boundary count.