Hand on heart, never asked umpires to cancel four runs: Ben Stokes on World Cup controversy

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 | 0
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Ben Stokes has cleared the air as to what exactly had happened during the controversial final over of the World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand.

For those unaware, England were awarded four extra runs after a throw from the deep deflected off Stokes’ bat while he dived to complete a second run.

Stokes, then, raised both his hands, presumably to apologise. Some viewers, however, also noted he asked the on-field umpires not to add those extra four runs.

His compatriot James Anderson too felt the same.

“I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him (Stokes) after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’. But it’s in the rules and that’s the way it is,” Anderson recently said.

However, in his appearance on BBC podcast ‘Tuffers and Vaughan’, Stokes revealed he never asked the umpire to discard the extra runs… with a ‘hand on his heart’ though.

“I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires,” Stokes said.

He was quick to apologise to a couple of New Zealand players though. “I went straight to Tom Latham and said ‘Mate, I am so sorry’, looked over to Kane (Williamson) and said ‘I’m sorry.”

Perhaps inspired by American football quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s words, “I am a win-at-all-costs guy.” Maybe?

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