Reacting to his side’s sensational World Cup win in the after match press conference, Captain Eoin Morgan said Allah was with them. This is England’s maiden World Cup victory.
He was referring to his conversation with Adil Rashid during the match. Rashid was the only muslim member of England’s playing XI.
“We had Allah with us, I spoke to Adil he said Allah was definitely with us”, an emotional Morgan said to reporters while the World Cup trophy gleamed on the table in front of him.
“I said we had the rub of the green”, Morgan continued referring to an expression about luck normally attributed to golf. In a final that ended in a tie, it probably was the weight of luck that carried England over the line.
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“It actually epitomizes our team”, Morgan said referring to Rashid’s Pakistani origin. “Its quite diverse background and cultures, a lot of the guys grew up in different countries.”
The English team is indeed a diverse mixture of players. The Captain Morgan himself was born in Dublin, Ireland. Spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are both of Azad kasmir origin, though born in England. Pacer Jofra Archer who bowled the final over was born in Barbados. Man of the Match Ben Stokes was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The World Cup final between New Zealand and England can definitely be called the best world cup final ever, if not the greatest cricket game ever.
New Zealand set England a target of 242 runs to win. As England looked to choke the chase in the last over, a lucky incident for England carried the match to a tie. As Ben stokes scampered back for a second run off Trent Bouls, martin Guptill’s lofty throw deflected of his bat and went to the boundary. The resulting overthrow and four extra runs brought England to within reach of the target. Undoubtedly a stroke of luck.
As the game went to the Super Over, the last ball saw New Zealand requiring 2 of the last ball to reach England’s total of 15. However, Martin Guptill failed to make the crease and Jos Butler ran him out to win the World Cup. New Zealand lost the World Cup to Morgan’s men by no runs.