A book about England all-rounder Ben Stokes has revealed that he took a cigarette break to reduce tension before the super over against New Zealand. In the book ‘Morgan’s Men: The Inside Story of England’s Rise of Cricket World Cup Humiliation to Glory’, a book linked to England’s victory has revealed how much pressure Stokes was under at Lord’s that day. 

Ben Stokes Took Cigarette Break To Calm Nerves Ahead Of WC Super Over Revealed In The Book About Stokes

Stuff parts of the book written by Nick Halt and Steve James. CO Published in NZ, according to how difficult it was to find solitude between the stadium filled with 27 thousand spectators and the TV cameras on each side before the Super Over. 

The book states that Ben Stokes had played at Lord’s on several occasions. They were aware of it. On the other hand, Eoin Morgan was working in England’s dressing room to reduce tension and make a super over strategy. Meanwhile, Stokes finds moments of comfort for himself. 

Stokes lit a cigarette in the bathroom

According to the book, Stokes was soaked with dust and sweat. He batted for 2 hours 27 minutes amidst the tense moments on the field. He then returned to the dressing room in England and went straight for a bath. At the same time, he lit a cigarette and spent a few minutes like this.  

Stokes was the man of the match in the final

Stokes had scored an unbeaten 84 in the World Cup final. He was voted man of the match. This all-rounder also scored 8 runs in the super over to determine England’s victory. 

England became world champion due to more boundaries

New Zealand batted first after winning the toss in the World Cup final held on 14 July last year. The Kiwi team scored 241 runs at the loss of 8 wickets. England had a target of 242 runs to become World Champion, but the host team could also score 241 runs in the prescribed 50 overs and the match was tied.

Both teams scored 15–15 runs in the super over as well. The winner was then decided under the ICC’s Boundary Count Rules. England became the first ODI World Champion due to more boundaries than New Zealand in the match. 

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