New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: As England celebrates one year of its triumph in the 2019 ODI Cricket World Cup, a shocking revelation has surfaced which claimed that England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes took a cigarette break to calm his nerves before the start of the super-over in WC Final.

In the final against New Zealand, Stokes had gone on to play a knock of 84 runs, but the match had gone to a super over as normal 50-over action ended in a tie.

The revelation came from an excerpt from a newly released book named 'Morgan's Men: The Inside Story of England's Rise from Cricket World Cup Humiliation to Glory'.

"Lord's is a cacophony of noise. Music is blaring out of the public address system and the atmosphere is raw as the World Cup final comes down to a Super Over. Twelve balls will settle a seven-week tournament and decide the legacy of this England team," quoted an excerpt from the book written by authors Nick Hoult and Steve James wrote.

"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," Hoult and James wrote further.

The authors also went on to say that Stokes went out for a break when skipper Morgan was trying to bring a sense of calm to the side.

"But Ben Stokes had played at Lord's many times. He knows every nook and cranny. As Eoin Morgan tries to bring calm to the England dressing room and sort out their tactics, Stokes nips off for a moment of peace," Hoult and James wrote.

"He is covered in dirt and sweat. He has batted for two hours and 27 minutes of unbelievable tension. What does Stokes do? 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," they said further.

The Eoin Morgan-led side defeated New Zealand in the finals of the 2019 World Cup on the basis of the boundary-countback rule. The normal 50-over action and super over ended in a tie, but England had scored more boundaries in the match and as a result, the side was declared as the winners of the tournament.

In the super over, both teams managed to score 15 runs each but England was announced as the winner as they had hit more boundaries in the World Cup final. England had smashed more boundaries, 26, as compared to New Zealand's 17 boundaries in the match.



(With ANI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan