ICC World Cup Win or lose, today does not define you: Jofra Archer reveals Ben Stokes’ calming words in final vs New Zealand

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. England won the World Cup for the first time.This was the first time the final was tied and the super over was also tied.Ben Stokes was the Man of the Match for his knock.center_img New Delhi: The final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England on Sunday at Lord’s was an absolute epic. The regular match ended in a tie after Ben Stokes’ 83 helped England equal New Zealand’s score of 241/8. For the first time in the history of the World Cup or in cricket, a final would be decided by the super over. Trent Boult bowled for the Kiwis and conceded 15 runs with Stokes and Jos Buttler smashing boundaries. During New Zealand’s innings, it was Jofra Archer’s turn to bowl and the pacer, who was fast-tracked into the England team before the World Cup, revealed his state of mind when he came to bowl.“I actually went to Morgs (Eoin Morgan) first, I had an idea I was going to do it (bowl the Super Over) but I wanted to double-check that he wanted me to do it,” Archer said.When Jimmy Neesham hit Archer for a six, New Zealand needed seven runs off four balls and they were in the driver’s seat. At stake was a maiden World Cup title for both teams and the big hit over deep midwicket tilted the balance in favour of New Zealand. Archer revealed the moment when he was given some reassuring words from Stokes.“I think it was going fine until the six, and then (Ben) Stokes told me even before the over: Win or lose, today does not define you. Everyone believes in you. He (Stokes) came to talk to me because of that (Calcutta). He probably went through the same emotions, the same feelings but being on the losing side. If we had lost today, I don’t know what I would have done tomorrow. To back up what he said, if we did lose there is a T20 coming up next year and I would have another chance,” Archer said.Stokes was the bowler who was at the receiving end of the final over assault from Carlos Brathwaite in the 2016 World T20 clash in Kolkata. Brathwaite smashed four consecutive sixes as the West Indies won an epic Twenty20 clash to be crowned world champions for the second time. Archer also revealed that Joe Root, apart from Morgan, also gave him some reassuring words as two runs were needed off the final ball.“Rooty (Joe Root) came up to me and said some inspirational words as well. I knew that if we did lose, it wasn’t the end of the world. I am glad that the guys look up to me and they trust me to do it. The skipper (Eoin Morgan) really believed in me, even after the six. A lot of captains could have had their head in their hands, but he was really calm and really understanding,” Archer said.Although New Zealand tied the super over as well, England won the title due to a superior boundary count and Archer hoped the win at Lord’s would go a long way in inspiring generations of youngsters to take up the sport.“I can’t stress enough, it was pretty lucky today. I am really grateful that we won.  I have had the best two months of my life so far, making my debut, making my World Cup debut, playing in the final in the space of two months. It is really special to me and hopefully, I can look back 15 years down the line and say I was a part of that. I hope that any kids watching that want to play cricket now for the whole week, for the whole year and try to pursue it to be professional. We want to inspire the next generation because someone will have to take over from us,” Archer said.England eliminated 44 years of pain and won the World Cup title for the first time, having lost in the finals of 1979, 1987, 1992, Champions Trophy 2013 final and the World T20 2016 final.last_img read more

Football: East meets West as Wisconsin, Michigan clash at Camp Randall

first_imgThings are going to get exciting this weekend as the University of Wisconsin welcomes the Michigan Wolverines to Madison in for a Big Ten battle.The Badgers (10-0) are the Big Ten West champions for the 2017 season, punching their tickets to Indianapolis after their victory last week against Iowa. Michigan (8-2), on the other hand, is still hoping to claim a Big Test East title, and a win against Wisconsin would certainly do the trick.There is a lot on the line for the Wolverines this weekend, because the Big Ten East race is incredibly close right now. While Ohio State might be in the lead, Michigan could still find themselves facing Wisconsin in Indy if they play perfectly against the Badgers.Football: Wisconsin struggles against Hawkeyes, injuries continue to plague teamThe University of Wisconsin football team might have won Saturday afternoon, but their victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes was fleeting. Read…Not only would Michigan have to get a win this weekend, but they would also have to secure a victory next weekend as they take on Ohio State. As if that wasn’t enough, Michigan will also have to rely on Penn State and Michigan State both getting losses sometime in the next two weeks.Michigan will be fighting for their lives Saturday, and with College Gameday in town, the Wolverines are sure to put on quite the show. It will be up to Wisconsin to prove that they can handle one of the best teams in the East, and that they truly are the best team in the Big Ten.The Wisconsin defense is ready for this challenge there’s no doubt about that. Wisconsin managed to hold Iowa to just 66 yards last week, resulting in zero touchdowns for the Hawkeyes.Iowa proved to be quite a challenge for the Wisconsin offense, as quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw for three interceptions against the Hawkeyes, resulting in two touchdowns for Iowa. Hornibrook has been rather interception-prone this season, throwing a grand total of 12 since week one.Wisconsin football: The best coaches to have led the BadgersCoaching a Division I football team is a task many people are not qualified to do. In the history of Read…Against Iowa, these missteps were inconvenient at worst, but the Badgers managed to bounce back. Against Michigan, those mistakes could be the difference between a victory and the first UW loss of the season.While Wisconsin’s defense is currently No.1 in the nation, the Wolverines are not that far behind, currently sitting at No.3. While the Michigan defense is worse at rushing defense than Wisconsin (No. 9 to No.1 respectively), they are better than the Badgers at passing defense, sitting at the No.2 spot compared to Wisconsin’s No. 7.The Badgers and the Wolverines are just about equal for time of possession, and neither one is considered to have a better offense than other teams in the Big Ten, like Ohio. This game might purely come down to which defense can make bigger plays, and which offense can minimize those opportunities.One Century of Camp Randall: A Brief HistoryToday, Camp Randall Stadium can hold upwards of 80,000 football fans at capacity after a long journey of innovation, renovation Read…This game will be a great challenge for Wisconsin, and will surely help the only undefeated team in the Big Ten gain some confidence as they get ready to close out their regular season. If Wisconsin can do what it does best, and play the caliber of football that they are capable of playing, this weekend should end in another Badger victory.Kickoff happens at 11 a.m., with the matchup also being televised on FOX. As fans might know, College Gameday will be setting up on Bascom hill, with fun pregame celebrations occurring throughout the morning.last_img read more