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Didn’t want to feel the pain and regret of losing another final: Jos Buttler

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 14:20 IST Jos Buttler had played eight finals before the World Cup and had lost seven of them (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland ended a 44-year to by winning their maiden 50-over World Cup titleBen Stokes and Jos Buttler were the highest scorers for England in the finalEngland were declared winners for scoring more boundaries than New Zealand after the final and Super Over ended in tiesThe dust has finally settled around the Cricket World Cup 2019 with hosts England deservedly crowned world champions but not before they played out one of the most dramatic cricket matches in the history of the sport.There was nothing to separate England and New Zealand in the summit clash till 102 overs of the game with both teams ending up on the same score twice – in the final and in the Super Over.Eventually it all came down to the number of boundaries hit by both teams which decided the winner as England lifted their maiden 50-over World Cup trophy at the home of cricket, the Lord’s cricket ground.Vice-captain Jos Buttler was one of the key protagonists in that epic final in which he scored 59 runs and along with player-of-the-match Ben Stokes, guided his team to the finish line with a 110-run partnership for the fifth wicket.Buttler’s services were once again required in the Super Over as he came out to bat with Stokes with the duo scoring 15 runs. New Zealand matched that total but lost the game on boundary count, according to the new rules of the game.Describing his emotions before the final, Buttler said there were negative thoughts creeping into his mind as he had played eight finals before the World Cup and had lost seven of them while playing for England and his domestic county side Somerset.”I had played in eight finals before Sunday (July 14) and lost seven of them. I’d played in lots with Somerset, the Champions Trophy with England [in 2013] and when we lost the [World] T20 [final] in Kolkata [in 2016] and I knew how much it hurt watching the other team lift the trophy. I didn’t want to feel that pain and that regret again.advertisement”What was scaring me was if we lost, I didn’t know how I’d play cricket again. This was such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a World Cup final at Lord’s. It felt like destiny and I was thinking: ‘If it doesn’t happen, I will have no motivation to pick up a cricket bat for a very long time.'”I knew all I could look after was the stuff I could look after, and I needed to get into my zone, which allows me to perform the best I can. But what happens if it goes wrong?” Buttler told The Daily Mail.Even during the league stage there came a time when pre-tournament favourites England were on the brink of getting knocked out after they lost against Sri Lanka and Australia with Pakistan breathing down their necks.The weight of expectations of the whole nation was on their shoulders with fans chanting “it’s coming home” all around the country even before the tournament began.England somehow managed to scrape through the league phase and ended up grabbing the third position in the knockouts. They defeated arch-rivals Australia to book their spot in the final and the rest was history.”Before the India game, I was struggling with coming to terms with the prospect of us getting knocked out. We’d been favourites, so highly fancied by everyone, and there was the danger that four years of playing such good cricket was going to come to nothing.”Think about what people will say about us as a team, think about how they will call us chokers, everything else they will say. I remember seeing a comment, maybe it was the one that got Jonny Bairstow wound up, about how it would be the biggest failure because of how much had gone into this World Cup. I was struggling with the thought of that,” Buttler explained.Also Read | Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidatesAlso Read | As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Went to default mode during NZ’s Super Over, says Jos ButtlerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jos ButtlerFollow Cricket World Cup 2019Follow England vs New Zealand Didn’t want to feel the pain and regret of losing another final: Jos ButtlerJos Buttler was one of the main protagonists of the epic final of Cricket World Cup 2019 which England ended up winning by the narrowest of margins to lift their maiden 50-over ICC trophy at Lord’s on July 14.advertisementlast_img read more

Sudan UN strengthens helicopter fleet for logistical work in referendum

19 October 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan now has 24 helicopters, an increase of eight, to help move 120 tons of material for the January referendum that will decide whether southern Sudan declares independence from Africa’s largest country, a senior official said today. “We have a large mission support capability here in the south as well as other parts of Sudan to carry out the referendum,” the Regional Coordinator for Southern Sudan in the UN mission known as UNMIS, David Gressly, told a news briefing in Juba, the southern capital.“Our aviation assets will undergo a substantial expansion to meet the challenge of reaching some of the more remote polling and registration centres that will be established between now and next January,” he said.Two referenda will be held on 9 January, with the first, on self-determination in Southern Sudan being the final stage in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended two decades of warfare between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). The second in the oil-rich Abyei region will decide whether it is to be part of northern or southern Sudan.Yesterday, citing critical issues still outstanding and reported troop build-ups by both sides, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Haile Menkerios told a news conference in Khartoum, the capital, that the UN would increase its capacity as needed to prevent confrontations that could derail the entire peace process.“The main challenge is what everybody in southern Sudan faces, the logistical challenge,” Mr. Gressley said today. “It’s very difficult still to move around, even with some of the road construction and de-mining that have gone on, so logistics will be a major challenge and that’s one of the major support elements that we will provide.” The other challenge is the very tight deadline with less than three months to go. UN Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division (UNIRED) Officer-in-charge Meaghan Fitzgerald told the briefing that the 120 tons to be distributed include multiple types of materials, ranging from office equipment and furniture for state- and county-level offices to training materials for the registration, to vehicles and motorbikes to the actual registration materials themselves in terms of the books and the kits.“When we get closer to the referendum, they will also include the actual referendum polling materials as well,” she said. “So it’s a lot of materials.”The north-south civil war killed at least 2 million people, uprooted 4.5 million more, and forced some 600,000 to flee to neighbouring countries. read more