London | Jagran Sports Desk: England all-rounder Ben Stokes was awarded the man of the match award in the final of the World Cup 2019 after he took his team to victory against New Zealand at Lords.

However, it could have been much different. In the last over of World Cup 2019 finals, England needed 9 runs of 3 balls when a throw from Martin Guptill touched a diving Ben Stokes' bat and raced to the boundary ropes.

After a consultation, on-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena gave six runs of the incident - four for overthrow and two runs which the batsmen ran.

However, Stokes had immediately apologised after it. After the match ended, Stokes said that he would be apologising to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for the rest of his life for the incident. 

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"I am pretty lost for words. All the hard work to get here and be world champions, it's an amazing feeling. Playing against New Zealand is always a good event, they are good lads. I will be apologising to Kane for the rest of my life (the overthrow for the six runs total). It was written in the stars to happen for us," he said.

Later, Kane Williamson said that he hoped that such incidents will never happen in the future again.

"It was a shame that the ball hit Stokes' bat, but I just hope it doesn't happen in moments like that. I don't wish to nitpick, just hope it never happens in such moments ever again," said Williamson.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma