Umpire Kumar Dharmasena has a say on the overthrow controversy which costed New Zealand in the finals of the World Cup

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The Overthrow Controversy – England vs New Zealand

It was a judgemental error from the Umpire, Kumar Dharamasena which helped England to clinch the World Cup 2019. The overthrow controversy came in the final match of the ICC world cup 2019. It was England vs New Zealand match in which the umpire added 6 runs to the total instead of 5. The throw from Martin Guptill deflected the bat of Ben Stokes when he was diving.

The ball raced to the boundary and Kumar Dharmasena gave away 6 crucial runs to the hosts England which lead to their victory in this tournament. For the first time in the history of Cricket World Cup England won the tournament.

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The judgement made by the Lankan Umpire, Kumar Dharmasena was a blunder. He awarded six crucial runs to England when it should have been only 5 runs. That one run made this thrilling contest to go in the super over and England won the world cup for the first time because of the boundary count. Many cricketers, cricket legends, and fans from all over the world felt that this rule by the ICC officials is ridiculous. There should have been another super over if the teams were insuperable.  However, taking about the overthrow controversy the umpire does not regret his judgement to be a blunder.

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The Overthrow Controversy – England vs New Zealand

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Dharamasena said that it is very easy for people to comment because they can see the match live on the television. He agreed to the fact that it was a judgemental error made by him. But he also said that he doesn’t have the luxury of the TV replays on the ground. He doesn’t regret and stated that ICC  praised him for this decision that he made. When Martin Guptill threw the ball from deep, Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes didn’t complete the second run. But both the umpires consulted each other and added 6 runs to England’s kitty. The four runs from the boundary and another two for running between the wickets. These 6 runs changed the game all over. The hosts required 9 runs in the final 3 deliveries but, it changed from 3 of just 2 balls after these 6 runs.

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The 48-year-old Dharmasena added that there was no dismissal to consult the third umpire, so, he consulted Marais Erasmus through the communication system which was heard by all the umpires and the match referee and they couldn’t check the TV replays and didn’t know whether the batsmen had completed the second run or not.

The law of ICC Rules 19.8, pertaining to the overthrow rule or wilful act by the fielder says that the runs scored by overthrows shall be any runs will be awarded as penalties to either side and the allowance of boundary and the runs completed by the batsmen together in the process if they had already crossed at the instance or act.

The Overthrow Controversy – England vs New Zealand

overthrow controversy

There are too many things which the umpire needs to see like, whether the first run has been completed, how the fielders handle and throw the ball, whether a batsman has completed the run and lastly, the throw, from which end does the fielder throw the ball to striker’s end or the other end. In this case, the officials were convinced that the second run has been completed as the ball deflected the bat of Ben Stokes while he was taking the second run. So they assumed that Rashid and Stokes crossed each other while taking the second run when Guptill released the ball. That is why the umpires and the match officials awarded England 6 runs instead of 5. The most favorite umpires of all-time, Simon Taufel also said that the umpire who officiated the final made an error by awarding 6 runs, it should have been 5.

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