Cricket

Eoin Morgan says World Cup final result was not 'fair' despite England winning the tournament

  • Press Trust of India
  • July 21st, 2019
  • 12:29:37 IST

London: A week after England's maiden World Cup victory, captain Eoin Morgan is still struggling to make sense of the end, questioning if his side really deserved the title when there was so little separating the two finalists.

Hosts England lifted their maiden World Cup owing to a superior boundary count to New Zealand after both the regulation match and a rare Super Over finished tied at Lord's.

File image of Eoin Morgan. Reuters

Eoin Morgan with the World Cup 2019 trophy. Reuters

"I'm not sure winning it makes it any easier. I don't think it's fair to have a result like that when there's very little between the sides," Morgan was quoted as saying by the Times.

"I don't think there was one moment that you could say: 'That actually cost the game there.' It was quite balanced," he added.

It would seem just finishing on the winning side of the result would suffice but Morgan feels troubled by the manner of the win but concedes it would have been worse if he was on the losing side.

"A little bit (troubled), because there's no defining moment that you'd say: 'Yes, we thoroughly deserved it.' It's just been crazy. It would be more difficult to lose, of course."

"I'm black and white. I'm normally going: 'I know. I was there, that happened. But I can't stick my finger on where the game was won and lost."

However, there was one turning point in the game during the last over of the English innings, when a throw by Martin Guptill deflected from Ben Stokes' bat and crossed the boundary rope and the hosts were awarded six runs. A later examination of the rules suggests England should have received five runs.

"I actually feel more comfortable about it having watched all of the game now," Morgan said.

The England skipper has also been in touch with his New Zealand counterpart, Kane Williamson, with the duo trying to make sense of the drama that transpired at Lord's on 14 July.

"Dealing with the aftermath has been quite mixed really. I spoke to Kane over the last couple of days on numerous occasions and none of us has come up with a rational explanation as to the various times we gave them the game and they gave it back to us. Like me, he can't get his head around everything.

Updated Date: July 21, 2019 12:29:37 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

England leapfrog France into third place in FIFA men's international rankings
Sports

England leapfrog France into third place in FIFA men's international rankings

Belgium and Brazil retain first and second spots respectively, while England make their first appearance on the podium in nine years on the back of two wins and a draw in recent 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Will not be rushing Ben Stokes into England squad, says coach Chris Silverwood
First Cricket News

ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Will not be rushing Ben Stokes into England squad, says coach Chris Silverwood

All-rounder Stokes, currently on an indefinite leave of absence from cricket to prioritise his mental health and recover from a finger injury, is unlikely to make it to England's squad for the T20 World Cup.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Tymal Mills included in England squad but Ben Stokes remains unavailable
First Cricket News

ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Tymal Mills included in England squad but Ben Stokes remains unavailable

Stokes' absence is a blow to England's chances of adding the 20-over world title to the 50-over world title he helped them win in 2019.