June 14, 2019, will be etched in the memories of England cricket fans for several generations to come as ‘The Three Lions’ went on to secure their maiden ODI World Cup title.
England previously had only one prominent ICC title, namely, the 2010 T20 World Cup, which was held in West Indies.
After the 2015 World Cup debacle, under the directorship of Andrew Strauss, and leadership of Eoin Morgan, England cricket decided to revamp their limited-overs model.
From 2015 to 2019, England scored the most number of 300+ scores, shrugging off their ‘conservative approach’.
However, their acid test arrived during the 2019 ODI World Cup where they were deemed favourites to clinch the trophy at home.
Moreover, dark horses New Zealand ensured that the host had to work hard to lift the trophy in the final of the tournament.
As it turned out, the much-anticipated finals exceeded all expectations and turned out to be the best WC final in the history of the sport.
Not even 102 overs in the match could distinguish between the two sides as both teams scored the same amount of runs.
Unfortunately, Kiwis fell victim to a loophole in the regulations of the ‘Super Over’ which designated winners based on boundary count. The rule was later scrapped after vicious backlash.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first. The Black Caps posted a competitive 241.
In reply, Ben Stokes’ resolute knock of 84* ensured that the match was tied and went into the Super Over.
The day is regarded as the greatest day in sports history at London hosted two mega-events adjacently, with Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic clash for the Wimbledon Open.