Ben Stokes who was awarded the player of the match award in ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC), 2019 final, remembered Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim when England needed two runs from one ball. Ben Stokes played an unbeaten knock of 84 runs from 98 balls in that match. England needed 15 runs from the final over which was bowled by New Zealand pacer Trent Boult. The last over in CWC 2019 final involved high voltage drama where even the over-throw controversy erupted for England being awarded six runs instead of five runs. Let us see what lesson learnt from Mushfiqur Rahim helped Ben Stokes to hold his nerve during NZ vs ENG ICC CWC 2019 final. ICC Responds to Overthrow Controversy During NZ vs ENG, CWC 2019 Final, Backs On-Field Umpires.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes revealed in the press conference after CWC 2019 final match that he recalled ICC T20 World Cup, 2016 match between India and Bangladesh at Bengaluru. In that game, Bangla Tigers were in a comfortable position for victory and needed only a few runs to get over the line with an ample amount of balls. Bangladeshi batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was all set on the crease and tried to finish the match by hitting the ball for maximum. Ultimately, he ended up getting caught at deep mid-wicket. This eventually leads to Bangladesh defeat and helped India reached the semi-final. Bangladesh lost that match by one run while chasing down the target of 147 runs. Simon Taufel Says Umpires Made 'Error of Judgement' in Giving 6 Overthrows During CWC 2019 ENG vs NZ Match, ICC Declines Comment.
Ben Stokes learnt one major lesson from this, that is 'Don't try to be a hero'. According to 28 years old English batsman Stokes, unless and until the job is not done one should play safe. This is the reason why he chose to go for a single when 2 runs were needed from one ball and take the match to the super-over. This leads the match to a tie.
England was chasing the target of 242 runs in this game where New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first. England batted first in the super-over where the duo of Jos Butler and Ben Stokes put up a total of 15 runs, New Zealand needed 16 runs to lift the World Cup 2019 trophy. However, super-over also ended in a tie as Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill got run out by Jason Roy when Kiwis needed 2 runs from one ball. This was indeed one of the most emotional moments in the history of cricket as England became World champion for the first time.