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Ben Stokes asked umpire to overturn overthrows decision in World Cup final

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Ben Stokes played a pivotal role in England's World Cup final match against New Zealand.

London: England cricketer Ben Stokes had requested the umpires to take off the four overthrows his side had been awarded during the final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand.

Stokes was rushing to complete the second run in the 50th over when a throw from Martin Guptill deflected off his bat and raced away to the boundary. Six runs were awarded to England for that delivery — two runs that the batsmen ran between the wickets, and four overthrows.

However, according to ICC rules, only five runs should have been given and not six. The rules state that an extra run should have been given only when the batsmen had crossed each other when the fielder threw the ball. The English batsmen hadn’t crossed.

It has now been revealed by England cricketer James Anderson that Stokes had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision.

“The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don’t run,” Anderson told the BBC’s Tailenders podcast, the Sydney Morning Herald said in a report.

“But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it’s four and you can’t do anything about it.”

“I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him 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.”

“It’s been talked about for a while among the players, potentially that being a dead ball if it does hit the batsman and veer off somewhere.”