I’ll be saying sorry about fluke runs for rest of my life, Stokes tells Williamson
LONDON (Web Desk) – After thrilling World Cup win, England all-rounder Ben Stokes said to Kane Williamson after overthrows that he will be apologising for that for the rest of his life.
Ben Stokes described England’s thrilling World Cup win as the best game in the history of cricket after completing an extraordinary tale of personal redemption.
The all-rounder was named man of the match for his unbeaten 84, as well as scoring eight runs in the decisive Super Over, to establish himself as a national hero less than a year after being cleared of affray in court after a late-night brawl in Bristol.
One of the most crucial and unfortunate moments in the World Cup final was the four over throws that England got when a throw from the deep hit the bat of a diving Ben Stokes and got deflected to the boundary. This was a most unwanted occurance in a game that was otherwise dominated by the brilliance of the players in both the teams.
As per the etiquette of cricket, batsmen don’t run for overthrows when the ball gets deflected off their bat. On this occasion also, Stokes, lying flat out on the ground, had no intention of running, even though it was the last over and every run was to die for. As soon as the ball reached the boundary, Stokes had both his arms up in the air to apologise to the New Zealand team for this inadvertent mistake.
For a long time after that incident, the umpires had a chat to, possibly, figure out whether they could do anything to correct the situation and take away the misfortune of New Zealand. But they couldn’t do anything, the rules of the game are clear and couldn’t be altered.
England win World Cup in Super Over drama to end 44-year wait
England ended their 44-year wait for a maiden 50-overs World Cup title by beating a gutsy New Zealand side on boundaries after a tied Super Over amidst heart-stopping drama on Sunday.
Chasing 242 for victory, Ben Stokes’ scintillating 84 not out helped the hosts tie the see-saw contest, forcing the Super Over where more nail-biting excitement unfolded.
Jos Buttler and Stokes took 15 runs off Trent Boult’s Super Over without losing their wickets.
New Zealand also scored 15 runs off Jofra Archer’s over but England won on boundary count, triggering wild celebrations at Lord’s as the hosts capped a stunning turnaround.
“We find it hard to play on wickets like that and today was about getting over the line. Sport is tough at times,” England captain Eoin Morgan said after the draining contest.
“I was being cooled down by Liam Plunkett, which is not a good sign. I was up and down like a yo-yo.”
“This has been a four-year journey, we have developed a lot… We are delighted that we are lifting the trophy.”
After six weeks of cricket, it all boiled down to a boundary count in the final and England were comfortable 26-17 winners.