Never asked umpire to cancel four runs off overthrow in World Cup final, says Ben Stokes

"I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires," Stokes said.

Press Trust of India, Jul 31, 2019 11:03:25 IST

London: With his "hand on heart", England's World Cup hero Ben Stokes says he never asked the umpires to cancel the four runs off an overthrow during the epic World Cup final against New Zealand.

One of the biggest turning points of the 14 July final was the overthrow on the fourth ball of the final over bowled by Trent Boult.

Never asked umpire to cancel four runs off overthrow in World Cup final, says Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes holds up his hands apologetically after a throw ran down to ropes after getting deflected off his bat in World Cup final. AP

In a bid to complete his second run, a diving Stokes, his bat outstretched, accidentally deflected the ball coming from the deep mid-wicket region to the third man boundary.

"I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires," Stokes said in the latest episode of BBC podcast 'Tuffers and Vaughan'.

Stokes, who remained unbeaten on 84 at the end of the regulation play before swinging his bat again in the Super Over, said he apologised to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper Tom Latham as the ball rolled past the boundary.

"I went straight to Tom Latham and said 'Mate, I am so sorry', looked over to Kane (Williamson) and said 'I'm sorry'," he said.

Stokes' England teammate James Anderson had earlier claimed that the all-rounder had asked for the four overthrow runs to be cancelled.

Stokes said he has seen the 50th over of the England inning multiple times since the 14 July evening at Lord's and said it was "nerve-wracking to watch" despite the fact that his team is already a World Cup winner.

Updated Date: Jul 31, 2019 11:03:25 IST






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