Archer reveals what Stokes told him in super over
For the first time in World Cup history, the intriguing final between the two teams was dragged till the super over. During the nail-biting moments of the game, England all-rounder Ben Stokes helped Jofra Archer to keep calm under pressure and it’s because of Stokes’ wisdom and few positive words, England comfortably sealed the super over and won their maiden cricket World Cup on Sunday.
England set New Zealand a target of 16 runs in the super over after both teams concluded in a pulsating tie at 241 after 50 overs, and bowler Archer conceded 15 runs to win the title for the hosts as the boundary count comes into play.
New Zealand almost won the title after the 24-year-old bowler started the Super Over with a wide after which, he was struck for a six by Jimmy Neesham that saw Black Caps needing just seven runs from four balls.
However, Archer managed to keep his line and length tight and then kept New Zealand batsmen Neesham and Guptill in check and that’s how England managed to get back into the game and sealed the trophy at the end.
“I think it was going fine until the six … Stokes told me before the over ‘win or lose, today doesn’t define you. Everyone believes in you’,” Barbados-born Archer addressed the reporters at the post-match press conference.
Stokes had once faced heartbreak in a high-pressure encounter, having conceded 4 successive sixes and that too in the T20 World Cup final that saw England surrendering at the hands of West Indies in Kolkata three years ago.
“He came to talk to me because of that. He probably went through the same emotions, the same feelings but being on the losing side,” Archer, who made his England debut in May added in a statement.
“If we had lost today, I don’t know what I would have done tomorrow. To back up what he said if we did lose there’s a T20 (World Cup) next year and I’d have another chance. (Joe) Root came up to me and said some inspirational words as well. I knew if we did lose, it wasn’t the end of the world. I’m glad the guys look up to me and trust me to do it.”