Super Over is necessarily not needed in ODIs, the game should be called a tie: Ross Taylor

Super Over is necessarily not needed in ODIs, the game should be called a tie: Ross Taylor

In the history of New Zealand cricket, they have lost seven of their eight matches in Super Overs.

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor. Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

The 2019 World Cup final was nothing short of a full-length feature film. The cat-mouse battle between England and New Zealand went right down to the wire and it was decided by an out-of-place boundary count rule.

England eventually won the World Cup for the first time, but the fans had broken down due to the manner in which New Zealand lost. As a matter of fact, they didn’t lose the final; but they certainly missed out on lifting the silverware.

Ross Taylor, an integral member of the New Zealand side, recently shared his thoughts on the Super Over. According to the right-hander, he is still undecided on whether the Super Over should be a thing with 50 overs.

I don’t think a tie is a bad thing: Ross Taylor

“I’m still undecided in a Super Over in a one-day game, I think one-day cricket is played over such a long time that I have no problems in a tie being a tie,” Taylor told ESPNCricinfo.

“In T20, to continually go on is the right way to go. A bit like football or some other games, trying to get that win in, but I don’t think the Super Over is necessarily needed in a one-day game. I think you can have a joint winner,” Taylor added.

After the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was tied, the Super Over also was a tie. At that point in time, the match had to be decided by the rule which said the team with more boundaries will be awarded the match.

England won the match and lifted the World Cup trophy. Interestingly, 2002 Champions Trophy final between Sri Lanka and India was abandoned due to rain on back-to-back days. However, both the sides were eventually declared joint-winners.

Taylor also said that it was not in his head that a Super Over will happen. Before that final in 2019, Super Over was never used in the 50-overs format.

“During the World Cup I actually went up to the umpires to say ‘good game’, I didn’t even know there was a Super Over. A tie is a tie, I suppose you could have this argument either way, but in a one-day game, I think if you can go 100 overs and still have someone equal at the end I don’t think a tie is a bad thing,” Taylor said.

In the history of New Zealand cricket, they have lost seven of their eight matches in Super Overs. Taylor has been part of many and admits that it is tough to end up losing after playing Super Overs.