After 9 gripping hours, an enthralling super-over and a plethora of hair-raising moments, the world cup 2019 came to an end. In what has been referred to as the “most dramatic cricket match in the history of cricket” by The Guardian, England emerged as victorious, beating New Zealand by just a ‘technicality’.
To summarize, the Lords were all out at 241, leading to a tie with Ben Stokes still undefeated on 84 runs. Then the match was sent into a six-ball showdown in which England batted first, and both sides ended up hitting 15 runs, resulting in another thrilling tie. After which the matter was decided according to the number of boundaries hit by both competitors: England 26 and New Zealand 17. Alas, England prevailed!
The sun of success reigned supreme on the winning team but New Zealand fought valiantly as well. Many people asserted that cricket itself was the real winner in this tournament because both the teams deserved the cup. According to one Indian commentator, “England are the new World Champions but New Zealand are the people’s champs. They will go back with their heads held high.”. Sachin Tendulkar also took to twitter to congratulate batting prodigy, Ben stokes over his ‘terrific knock’ and to commend Kane Williamson for his performance all through the season.
“The guys are shattered,” captain Williamson said. “It’s devastating. Tough to swallow.” But in the end he was proud of the effort they had put in as a team. He was awarded the title of “Man of the tournament” and Batsman Stokes was crowned “Player of the match”.
Both the Kiwis and the Lords were bidding for a first world cup title but the latter ended up as champions after 44 long and agonizing years, in a sport which was birthed in their native lands.