England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes on Tuesday claimed to take lessons from Bangladesh’s blunder against India to take the final match into the super over by not attempting a big stroke.
In Sunday’s final, England required three off two balls with Stokes on strike, but the all-rounder claimed not to be aiming for big shot as he didn’t want to lose the match for his team, like Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim did against India in a World Twenty20 match in 2016.
Bangladesh needed two runs off three balls when Mahmudullah and Mushfiq threw away their wickets while attempting big shots, which cost Bangladesh the match.
‘All I could think about was Bangladesh in the World T20 when they needed the same and they just hit it in the air. All I was thinking was: “Don’t get caught. Try and get one and get it to a super over at least.” Then if I hit it into a gap, maybe we could get two,’ Stokes said.
Stokes’ ploy worked, as the match went to the super over, from where England came out on top win their maiden World Cup.
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