July 15 (India Today) – England captain Eoin Morgan conceded that the rub of green went their team’s way in the tense ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final on Sunday against New Zealand at Lord’s.
England were declared champions even after a tied Super Over due to the higher count of boundaries they had hit during the final. England were bowled out for 241 in chase of 242 after which the game spilled into the Super Over. England posted 15 and New Zealand ended up with the same score on the board. At the end of it all, there was jubiliation for the hosts and agony for the Black Caps.
The lady luck smiled on England throughout the final. Matt Henry and Trent Boult troubled the England top-order but the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root survived quite a few close changes. New Zealand used up their review only to leave Ross Taylor without one when he needed it for reviewing an on-field LBW call.
England got 4 extra runs due to an overthrow that deflected off Ben Stokes bat in the final of their tense chase. England needed 9 from 3 but the equation came down to 3 from 2 after the lucky overthrow.
Asked if Irish luck was responsible for England’s World Cup triumph, Dublin-born Eoin Morgan revealed leg-spinner Adil Rashid had told him that “Allah was definitely” with the England team during the final while taking pride in the diverse cultures in the England dressing room.
“We had Allah with us as well. I spoke to Adil Rashid, he said Allah was definitely with us. I said we had the rub of the green. That actually epitomizes our team. We’re from quite diverse backgrounds and cultures and guys grow up in different countries. To actually find humour in the situation we were in at times was pretty cool,” Eoin Morgan told the press on Sunday in London.
Morgan had represented Ireland in international cricket before switching to England. Ben Stokes, who played a heroic knock in the final against New Zealand, was born in New Zealand. Jason Roy, England’s lethal opener, was born in South Africa. England’s spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are second generation Pakistanis.
Speaking about his future as the skipper of the England ODI, Morgan said the team is not going think about the next 4 years straightaway and that they were going to focus on partying hard.
“We will let the dust settle, we’ll celebrate as hard as we can. I think it’s deserved. And then we will look at things. Four years is a long time away,” Morgan added.
“I think the big question I will have to answer is will I be in the team in four years, will I be good enough? These guys are improving very quickly. Will I be able to keep up with them?”