After Ben Stokes was done with his bit in the final of World Cup 2019, it was the time for Jofra Archer to deliver and defend 16 runs in the super over. Being a newbie in international cricket, the pressure was on Archer to deliver on the hopes of the entire nation and the right-arm pacer delivered to the promise by giving 15 runs.

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The super over also ended in a tie but fortune was on England’s side as The Three Lions won by virtue of having more boundary counts. Everyone knew it and despite giving 15 runs, Archer won the World Cup for his team.


The 24-year-old, in the post-match presser, revealed how the words of Ben Stokes helped him in delivering the super over.

“I think it was going fine until the six … Stokes told me before the over ‘win or lose, today doesn’t define you. Everyone believes in you. He came to talk to me because of that. He probably went through the same emotions, the same feelings but being on the losing side,” he said.

Stokes was in a similar situation three years ago, in the final of T20 World Cup 2016 that was played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He had 19 runs to defend in the final over with cup on the line. Carlos Brathwaite hit him for four consecutive sixes to wrest World Cup from the jaws of England.

Ben Stokes (Credits: Getty)

That day really changed Stokes as a cricketer and his career graph has gone up since then. Probably, he was the best man to advice Archer in that situation.

For once, New Zealand were on the track of chasing 16 runs as they had scored 11 runs off the first three balls. On the next two deliveries, Archer scored four runs and the super over also went to the final delivery.

Martin Guptil and Neesham had to run two at any cost but they Guptill could not make his ground at the wicketkeeper’s end, that saw England win the trophy for the first time.

It was for the second running occasion when New Zealand ended up as the second-best team. They had lost to Australia in the final of 2015 World Cup under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum.