London, July 14: All-rounder Ben Stokes performed a pivotal function in England profitable their first ICC males’s World Cup trophy, on at the present time, final 12 months.
His match of the match efficiency within the summit conflict surprised New Zealand because the hosts have been declared the winners on boundary depend rule after regulation time and Super Over each resulted in a tie.
Stokes’ inspirational knock of 84* off 98 deliveries helped England pressure the match into Super Over, by which each groups scored 15 runs every off six deliveries.
It has now been revealed that Stokes took a cigarette break to calm his nerves before the Super Over. He ran contained in the bathe to clear his head before crucial over within the historical past of England cricket.
“Finding a quiet spot as the frenzy of the Super Over approached was hard in a ground packed out with 27,000 supporters and television cameras following the players from the middle, through the Long Room and up the stairs to the dressing room,” authors Nick Hoult and Steve James wrote within the e-book titled ‘Morgan’s Men: The Inside Story of England’s Rise from Cricket World Cup Humiliation to Glory’ as in accordance to the excerpt revealed by stuff.co.nz.
“But Ben Stokes had performed at Lord’s many instances. He is aware of each nook and cranny. As Eoin Morgan tries to deliver calm to the England dressing room and type out their ways, Stokes nips off for a second of peace.
“He is roofed in dust and sweat. He has batted for 2 hours and 27 minutes of unbelievable pressure. What does Stokes do? He goes to the again of the England dressing room, previous the attendant’s little workplace and into the showers. There he lights up a cigarette and has couple of minutes on his personal.”
Stokes returned to rating eight runs of England’s 15 within the Super Over after which Jofra Archer helped the hosts limit New Zealand to the identical rating. England have been awarded the cup as they’d scored extra boundaries than New Zealand within the match (26-17).