Stokes took ‘cigarette break’ before the World Cup super over
The historic World Cup final between England and New Zealand happened exactly on this day last year and an interesting story about the man of the final Ben Stokes was revealed in ‘Morgan’s Men: The Inside Story of England’s Rise from Cricket World Cup Humiliation to Glory’ book.
Just as the fans all around the world had their heart in their mouth during the crunch moments of the final, it is needless to say that the players felt the pressure even more. After all, a player dreams to play international cricket for days like this, to win the World Cup for his country.
The match went one away from another almost after every over and at the end, even 100 overs of cricket couldn’t decide the champion between them as the match went down to the super over.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who kept the dream alive for his side and played a heroic knock to take his side to the super over could not keep his calmness anymore before going to the super over. So what did he do calm his nerves? Well, the all-rounder did the craziest of things.
On the first anniversary of that historic triumph, excerpts from a book called ‘Morgan’s Men: The Inside Story of England’s Rise from Cricket World Cup Humiliation to Glory’ has revealed the pressure that Stokes felt on that day at Lord’s. He went to England’s dressing room and lit up a cigarette in the washroom to calm his nerves.
“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. 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.”
“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,” ” authors Nick Hoult and Steve James wrote.
Stokes was named man of the match for his unbeaten 84, plus eight runs in the Super Over, which helped England clinch their first-ever 50-over World Cup.