Trent Boult tenders apology for ‘letting everybody down’ in World Cup 2019 final
Boult termed it something that will be difficult to forget even over a few years.
Updated - Nov 29, 2019 6:41 pm
He was one of the central figures of the eventful final of the Cricket World Cup played at the iconic Lord’s between England and New Zealand last Sunday. Trent Boult misjudged a catch from Ben Stokes and he landed on the boundary rope with the ball in his hand in the penultimate over of the match. And then, in the final over that he bowled, a deflection off Stokes’ bat hurt them as it was sent for four overthrows, turning the game in favour of the hosts.
Boult returned to his country on Thursday with some of his colleagues and is yet to get over the pain of losing the title clash by the count of boundary – a rule that many had found bizarre. The 29-year-old left-arm pacer even tendered an apology, saying he was “sorry for letting everybody down” in relation to the final loss. He was also upset that he had gone for a six in the final over. Twelve runs in two deliveries brought England back into the game and the match ended in a tie after England scored 241 while chasing a target of 242.
“It’s been a long flight home but it [the defeat] probably hasn’t sunk in yet. I wish it would, so we can all get over it but it’s one of those things that we probably won’t get over for a long time,” Boult, who took 17 wickets from 10 matches in the World Cup, told reporters after reaching Auckland. “We’ve just been on a plane 15 hours and there were a lot of Kiwis saying ‘we felt for you’. I didn’t really know what to say.”
Boult to spend time alone to get over the trauma
He even said that he would want to walk his dog on the beach in a bid to forget the experience and termed it something that will be difficult to forget even over a few years.
“Obviously, we’re all hurting and we’re sorry for letting everyone down. I just want to get home, walk my dog along the beach and try to forget about it but it’s gonna be a hard one to swallow for the next couple of years,” the Kiwi pacer said.
New Zealand’s only big consolation is that their captain Kane Williamson was picked as the Player of the Tournament.