Former England batsman Owais Shah has opened up on why did it take so long for England to win a World Cup. England is known to be the birthplace of cricket. However, in their illustrious history of cricketing career, England has won only one World Cup so far.
What is more surprising is the fact that they won their maiden World Cup last year since the inception of the tournament. England beat New Zealand in the final by way of scoring more boundaries as the final went on to become the most iconic final of any cricket world cup.
However, former English batsman Owais Shah reckons that he knows the reason behind England not winning the world cup for such a long time.
Owais Shah Reveals Why England Won The World Cup So Late
In an exclusive interview with CricketAddictor.com, Owais said, “Historically England have always preferred Test cricket over ODI cricket. As much as they refuse it, they know ODI cricket is just as important as Test cricket. If we had a poor ODI series, no one paid attention to it. On the contrary, if we had a poor Test series, everybody would ponder over it.”
“It’s only when Andrew Strauss became the Director of Cricket at ECB, he decided that we’ll also pay heed to one-day cricket with Eoin Morgan captain. They ended up winning the T20 World Cup when Paul Collingwood was the captain and since then they started focussing on white-ball cricket and obviously 2,3,4 years later ended up winning the world cup,” he added.
Jofra Archer Provided The Cutting Edge To England In 2019 World Cup: Owais Shah
Jofra Archer had a great world cup campaign for England last summer as he ended up winning the world cup for his team with his performances. Owais Shah also reflected the same.
“It was a great tournament held in England. In our conditions, England were a very strong team. Jofra Archer came into the team and strengthened the team so much more because I think our bowling lacked that cutting edge which he provided it with his pace and his yorkers, especially bowling in the end. He has been a great find for English cricket,” Owais said.
Jofra Archer ended up having a brilliant spell at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The youngster scalped 20 wickets in the 11 games he played in his maiden-ever world cup. He had an economy of 4.77 and an average of 24.55 as he emerged as one of the best bowlers of the tournament.