The New Zealand cricket team has reached the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after a comprehensive victory against title favourites, India, in the two-day semi-final at Old Trafford.
India had lost just 1 game prior to the semi final as they finished the group stage at the top of the table. However, they were undone after just one ordinary day in the field on Wednesday. Their elimination has started a new debate regarding the format of ICC events as a team which had remained dominant throughout the tournament was eliminated after just 1 bad game which seems quite unfair.
During the post-match presentation, Indian skipper Virat Kohli also said that his side played exceptional cricket throughout the tournament apart from the second day of the semifinal and the 45 minutes of vulnerability eventually costed them a shot at the title.
The ICC must look towards franchise leagues for a better format as the likes of Indian Premier League (IPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL), and many other leagues use the playoffs round to decide the finalists. Such a format not only allows the margin of error to the top teams, but it also makes teams work hard for a spot in the final.