Stokes’ father was rooting for Kiwis to win World Cup
In what was an intriguing World Cup final in the history of cricket, the game finally had one winner at the end and England lifted their maiden World Cup title. New Zealand too deserved to win if not for the strange set of ICC rules.
However, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and team’s good luck that got them over the finishing line at Lord’s on Sunday.
England required 15 runs to seal the thriller in the last over. When all other top batsmen got out, only Ben Stokes was there till the end. When he was on strike to face the final over, he scored nine runs on first three balls as he tossed it up with a six on the third ball of the over.
Stokes middled the fourth ball on the midwicket boundary in search of two runs. To complete the run and to come back to striker’s end, he attempted a dive to reach the crease. But at the same time, Martin Guptill’s direct throw hit his bat and ran towards the boundary changing direction, meaning that Stokes and England scored a total of six runs on that ball itself. Ben Stokes has also apologized to Kane Williamson & Co.
Then they needed three runs off 2 balls but the game ended in a tie which had to determine the winner between the two in super over. England managed to win the super over by scoring more boundaries than New Zealand and as a result, England won the World Cup.
These runs that England found were right according to the set of rules framed by the International Cricket Council. According to the rule, “If the ball crosses the boundary due to overthrow (even after hitting any of the batsman), then the four runs will be added to the score after the overthrow.”
It was Ben Stokes who took on the New Zealand attack to cleaners. He played match-winning innings of 84 runs and was also named the man of the match.
New Zealand-born Gerard who is Ben Stokes’ father confessed to having mixed emotions about the result of the ICC World Cup 2019 final and told Stuff.co.nz that while he was overjoyed for his, he was still a New Zealand fan and was bitterly disappointed by the outcome.
“I really am disappointed for the Black Caps; it’s such a shame someone had to walk away without the trophy. Hand on heart, I am overjoyed for Ben and the team, but I am still a New Zealand supporter.”
Gerard also added that he will be the most hated dad in New Zealand.
“I’ve had one or two say I’m probably the most hated father in New Zealand. That was pretty tongue-in-cheek, I hope it was anyway,”
“I don’t think they would have been able to hold him back. He’s was obviously fatigued but he’s pretty fit at the moment and all the hard work has paid off,” he said.