'Adil Rashid said Allah was with us': Eoin Morgan says after nerve-wracking World Cup victory
– After winning the World Cup final match at Lord’s on Sunday, English captain Eoin Morgan believes that both Irish luck and Allah were with the team during the nerve-wracking victory.
Team England, who won their maiden World Cup title with a win over New Zealand, comprises of players belonging to Pakistan, South Africa and Barbados.
When asked, if England had enjoyed the famed luck of the Irish, Captain Morgan, who is from Ireland, said: “I spoke to Adil [England leg-spinner Adil Rashid], he said Allah was definitely with us.”
"It actually epitomises our team, quite diverse backgrounds and cultures," he added.
Morgan hopes his side’s "incredible journey" to World Cup glory will inspire a new generation of fans in the sport’s birthplace.
"I certainly hope participation levels go up or continue to rise," said Morgan, who has overseen England’s climb from the depths of a miserable first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.
Morgan, asked if the final would have resonated far beyond cricket’s core audience, replied: "I hope so. Obviously today is a big day of sport with Wimbledon and the Silverstone GP going on.”
"But with Sunday evening, people normally settle in for a bit of (naturalist) David Attenborough or some random film that’s on, so I hope they were tuned into the cricket."
England, set 242 to win, were dismissed for 241, with Ben Stokes stranded on 84 not out after Mark Wood was run out off the last ball of regulation play.
They then made 15 in their additional Super Over, bowled by Trent Boult, before New Zealand matched that in their own Super Over, bowled by Jofra Archer.
But with Martin Guptill run out off the last ball of the match going for the winning run, England triumphed on boundary count during the match – 26 to 17.