Ben Stokes calmed his nerves by ‘lighting a cigarette’ before World Cup Super Over

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On 14th July 2019, England made history by winning its first ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy. The match between England and New Zealand was nail-biting which ended up as a tie even after a super over.

Stoke’s knock of 84 runs helped England to force the match to a super over. During the break before Super over, Stokes reportedly smoked to calm his nerves. This was revealed in the book, Morgan’s Men: The Inside Story of England’s Rise from Cricket World Cup Humiliation to Glory.

“Finding a quiet spot as the frenzy of the Super Over approached was hard in a ground packed out with 27,000 supporters and television cameras following the players from the middle, through the Long Room and up the stairs to the dressing room.

But Ben Stokes had played at Lord’s many times. He knows every nook and cranny. As Eoin Morgan tries to bring calm to the England dressing room and sort out their tactics, Stokes nips off for a moment of peace.

He is covered in dirt and sweat. He has batted for two hours and 27 minutes of unbelievable tension. What does Stokes do? He goes to the back of the England dressing room, past the attendant’s little office, and into the showers. There he lights up a cigarette and has a few minutes on his own.”

Stokes was the only hope for England to win the title. In the end, both the teams ended up making 15 runs, England was awarded the trophy, based on more boundaries.

Stokes was the player of the match for his unbeaten 84 and [8 runs] in the super over.

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