I had no idea it went to a super over. I walked up to the umpires to shake hands: Ross Taylor on WC Final
This final was the first-ever instance of an ODI game going into a Super Over.
Updated - Nov 22, 2019 6:31 pm
The 2019 World Cup final was truly an epic encounter. It was one for the ages and arguably, it was one of the best ever ODI games in the history of cricket. The pendulum swung from one side to the other as both sides didn’t want to give an inch. In the end, the game was tied, the super over was also tied and eventually, England were the winners on boundary count.
The entire atmosphere was electric yet tense. There was tension all over the world, for the thousands watching it live and the millions and millions watching it on the television. There was ecstasy for England but on the other hand, there was agony for New Zealand. In the end, there was nothing to separate the sides and yet, New Zealand didn’t get their hands on the World Cup title.
Understandably, they would take some time to recover from that heart-wrenching final. Ross Taylor admitted that he never wanted to replay the final ever again. There were so many ebbs and flows that defined the game and it may not have sunk in yet for a lot of the New Zealand cricketers and the fans all around the world.
“I don’t want to watch the game ever again. There were lots of emotions because the game had so many ebbs and flows — we were on top, then they were on top. For some guys, the result probably hasn’t sunk in. I’ve come to terms with it, but it took a week,” Taylor said in an interview with The Rock.
‘The amount of ODI cricket I’ve played, I’ve never played a super over’
This final was the first-ever instance of an ODI game going into a Super Over. The rules were laid out at the start of the tournament and it was the first time Super Over was introduced in 50-over cricket. Thus, Ross Taylor didn’t have much idea about it as he went to the umpires to shake their hands after the tie. However, he found out there that there was a super over to be played.
“I had no idea it went to a super over. I walked up to the umpires to shake their hands, but they said it was super over. The amount of ODI cricket I’ve played, I’ve never played a super over that usually for T20 cricket. If it rained for two days, it was going to be shared, so I was along those lines of thinking, but it wasn’t meant to be,” Taylor further added.