It looks like the England players are taking some time to digest their maiden World Cup win, as they are taking to Twitter to express the shock of winning the showpiece tournament. England ended their 44-year wait to clinch the World Cup after they beat New Zealand in the finals of the tournament on July 14 at Lord's in London.
Star batsman Joe Root took to Twitter to admit that he had very little time to let the victory sink in. He thanked all the fans and supporters for the congratulatory messages and said that it was a remarkable journey through the World Cup. He also commended his teammates and said that he was lucky to be able to call them friends. Root concluded his message with an emphasis on the next big tournament for the World champions, the Ashes.
Read his tweet here:
A crucial point at the match was the extra four runs that were awarded to Ben Stokes after an overthrow deflected the ball off his bat and ran away to the boundary. A throw from Black Caps fielder Martin Guptill deflected off Stokes' bat while he was diving to reach his crease to complete the second run and the ball ran off to the boundary in the dying stages of the England run chase. Stokes had already completed two runs and hence the umpire awarded six runs in total after the overthrow. Many former cricketers and analysts have pointed out that England should have been awarded only five runs instead of six, a match-changing effect that would have seen the hosts go down by one run to New Zealand.
The contest between the hosts and the Kiwis went down the wire as England managed to level the 241-run score made by the Black Caps following which the game went into a Super Over. Former cricketers and analysts have opposed the boundary count rule that was used to judge the match-winner after the game was tied in the last ball of the Super Over.
The Super Over saw a dramatic last-ball thriller as New Zealand's James Neesham and Martin Guptill attempted to chase down the 15-run target set by England but failed to do so after being run-out off the last ball.