Ben Stokes: Never asked umpire to cancel four off overthrow in WC final

Updated: Jul 31, 2019, 16:38 IST | mid-day online correspondent

One of the biggest turning points of the July 14 final was the overthrow on the fourth ball of the final over bowled by Trent Boult.

Ben Stokes: Never asked umpire to cancel four off overthrow in WC final
Ben Stokes

With his 'hand on his heart', Ben Stokes revealed that he never asked the on-field umpires including Kumar Dharmasena to cancel the four runs that were awarded as overthrows.

One of the biggest turning points of the July 14 final was the overthrow on the fourth ball of the final over bowled by Trent Boult.

In a bid to complete his second run, a diving Ben Stokes, his bat outstretched, accidentally deflected the ball coming from the deep mid-wicket region to the boundary. The boundary proved decisive as the match went into a Super Over owing to the four runs awarded by the umpire. 

"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 in the latest episode of BBC podcast 'Tuffers and Vaughan'.

Stokes, who remained not out on 84 at the end of regulation play before swinging his bat again in the Super Over, said he apologised to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper Tom Latham as the ball rolled past the boundary.

"I went straight to Tom Latham and said 'Mate, I am so sorry', looked over to Kane (Williamson) and said 'I'm sorry'," he said.

Stokes' England teammate James Anderson had earlier claimed that the all-rounder had asked for the four overthrow runs to be cancelled.

Stokes said he has seen the 50th over of the England inning multiple times since the July 14 evening at Lord's and said it was "nerve-wracking to watch" despite the fact that his team is already a World Cup winner.

With inputs from PTI

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