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'No better game in history than this' - Stokes cherishes England's World Cup win
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

'No better game in history than this' - Stokes cherishes England's World Cup win

Ben Stokes insisted England's dramatic World Cup final victory over New Zealand at Lord's ranked as the greatest game the sport has ever witnessed.

An oscillating tale of twists and turns, Sunday's final saw both teams post 241 from their allotted 50 overs after which each team racked up the same amount of runs in the Super Over as well.

Although 102 overs of enthralling cricket action could not decide which team was the superior force, England were awarded the World Cup title for the first time by virtue of their number of boundaries being comparatively better than their rivals.

"This is where we aspired to be and to manage to come here and do it in such a good game. I don't think there will ever be a better game of cricket in history than that," said an emotional Stokes in the aftermath of his side's momentous win.

Tournament hosts England went into the final being dubbed as the favourites having experienced a remarkable transformation of their one-day unit over the past few years - a process which kickstarted following their embarrassing group stage exit in the 2015 edition of the World Cup.

'I've apologized to Kane countless times'

One match-defining moment in the final became the center of controversy when the ball thrown in by a New Zealand fielder ricocheted off Stokes' bat and fetched the team an extra four runs as it trickled towards the boundary fence.

Stokes, who was crowned man of the match for his majestic 84 not out, later apologized for the freakish occurrence to Kane Williamson.

"In the last over when the ball hit the bat and went for four it's not exactly what you ask for," said Stokes.

"I've apologized to Kane countless times about that. It's not exactly how you want to do it.

Stokes then strolled out to bat once again during the Super Over, striking a valuable contribution of 8 runs.

"Moments like that is what you live for as a professional cricketer," he added.

"All the hard work over that four years to get here and we're champions of the world. It's an amazing feeling."