What Stokes told Archer before the Super Over
At the age of 24, in his very first World Cup in which he did not even suppose to think of playing, Jofra Chioke Archer had to carry the enigma of bowling in the World Cup final ‘Super Over’ upon whichever the timeworn dream of England to win the world title was hanging on.
Perhaps he was nervous that did not show up – perhaps not but at the end of everything, Archer said some poised words from Ben Stokes helped him to keep his calm in the nerve wrenching moments.
“Win or lose, today does not define you”
– those were the words uttered by Stokes to Archer before the dying contest.
“Stokesy came over and told me, win or lose, today will not define me as a player,” Archer said.
“He told me everyone believes in me and Rooty [Joe Root] also came over and gave me some inspirational words.
“Stokesy told me that, even if we lost, it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but in saying that I’m really pleased we won,” the young gun hailed from Barbados said.
Archer said he was not actually believed it was he who had to it even though there were hints.
“I actually went to Morgs first, I had an idea I was going to do it (bowl the Super Over) but I wanted to double check that he wanted me to do it,” said Archer quoted by an ICC release.
Making his international debut in May this year, Archer was not named in the England’s preliminary World Cup squad, came into the team just before the commencement of the tournament and went onto making it the most memorable World Cup.
“It is mostly for the team than for me. I am probably the last person to come into this team. I was together for four years. I think this will help me be deeper into this team,” he said.
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