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England, New Zealand should have been named joint winners of 2019 WC, feels ex-Indian opener Gautam Gambhir

England, New Zealand should have been named joint winners of 2019 WC, feels ex-Indian opener Gautam Gambhir

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 13 May 2020, 11:13 am

New Delhi/UNI:  Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir feels New Zealand was the most consistent side in 2019 ICC ODI World Cup and deserved to be the joint winner of the tournament alongside England, saying it was unfortunate that Kiwis lost the final on boundary count.

In the epic World Cup final played at the Lord's last year, hosts England were announced as champions on account of their superior boundary count against the Black Caps after both the stipulated overs and the subsequent super over ended in a tie.

"There should have been joint World Cup winners last time around. New Zealand should have gotten that tag of being world champions, but it was unfortunate," Gambhir said on Star Sports' show 'Cricket Connected'.

There was a lot of criticism for the boundary-count rule which was ultimately scrapped by ICC in last October.

The 2011 World Cup winning team member also believes the Black Caps have been putting up impressive performances in the World Cups but have never got the credit they deserve.

"If you see their overall record, they have been very consistent. For the last one World Cup, and the World Cup before that, they were the runners-up and they have been very consistent, Gambhir said.

"I think they have been very competitive in every condition they have played. We don't give them enough credit," he added.