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We Had Allah With Us, Says Morgan

LONDON: After winning a heart-stopping ICC World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s against New Zealand on Sunday, England captain Eoin Morgan said ‘We had Allah with us.”

Asked if it was the luck of the Irish, in reference to his own roots, Dublin-born Morgan smiled and replied: “We had Allah with us as well. I spoke to Adil Rashid, he said Allah was definitely with us.

“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.

“The planning, hard work, dedication, commitment and the little bit of luck really did get us over the line,” Morgan said.

“Right from the very beginning of the tournament, all the way through, regardless of our performance, people believed because we believed and I’m very thankful for that and everybody is as well,” he further added.

Morgan said: “I’d never allow myself to imagine winning the World Cup. Cynical me!”

“I commend the Black Caps and Kane (Williamson, New Zealand captain), they’ve been absolutely incredible,” England captain said.

England’s men emerged as World Cup winners for the first time as they managed to pip New Zealand in the Super Over by the rule of the Boundary Count at Lord’s on Sunday.

The game went to a super over after both sides scored 241 from 50 overs.