England all-rounder Ben Stokes played a huge role in the team’s winning campaign in the 2019 World Cup. England defeated New Zealand at Lord’s and lifted the trophy for the first time in history.
The atch went into the Super Over and England eventually won it on the basis of boundary-count rule. It’s been a year since England were crowned champions.
A new revelation popped up about how did Ben Stokes deal with the pressure after finishing the innings. “He goes to the back of the England dressing room, past the attendant’s little office, and into the showers. There he lights up a cigarette and has few minutes on his own,” authors Nick Hoult and Steve James wrote and the excerpt has been published by stuff.co.nz.
Stokes scored 84* in the final. This was the first time that England lifted the 50-over World Cup in the history of the game. They had reached the final thrice but never won it.
New Zealand on the other side was playing their second World Cup final on the trot. They had lost 2015 final too. There were a lot of interesting as well as controversial moments in the match and one of them came when a throw from the deep by Martin Guptill went for a boundary after getting deflected from Ben Stokes’ bat.
The International Cricket Council had later scrapped the boundary count rule and has further said the Super Over will be repeated in case of a tie. England lifted their first-ever World Cup after beating New Zealand in the final at Lord’s earlier this year on the basis of more boundary count.