World Cup Hero Ben Stokes Nominated for New Zealander of the Year Award
Reports claimed that England’s very own World Cup hero Ben Stokes on Friday (July 19), has been nominated for the prestigious New Zealander of the Year award. This came after Stokes had helped hosts England to lift their maiden World Cup title when the Three Lions won the ICC World Cup 2019 final on the boundary count.
In the grand finale at Lord’s, Stokes’ heroics of unbeaten 84 off 98 balls proved to be defining for England’s cricketing landscape before edging out New Zealand on the virtue of the most number of fours.
The all-rounder had played an imperative role for the Three Lions.
Stokes is writing his own script following forgettable 2016 World Cup final:
Stokes is ninth overall most run-getter on the recently-held World Cup. He had amassed 465 runs in 10 matches at an average of 66.43. Stokes who scored runs at the strike-rate of 93.19, further found the fence on 38 occasions.
The 28-year-old Stokes also had 11 sixes to his name during the twelfth edition of the ODI showpiece.
Interestingly, Stokes was born in Christchurch before moving to England with his father, Gerard Stokes. In the United Kingdom (UK), Gerard had landed into the coaching job for the rugby league.
Pertinently, the family had returned to their native place in Christchurch, with Stokes in quest of making a career in the international cricket. The Kiwis media had revealed about the nomination of Stokes alongside the Black Caps’ skipper Kane Williamson.
Recently, his all-round performance saw him further winning the Man of the Final award. He has widely earned praise for proving his mettle.
Cameron Bennett, who’s the chief judge, maintained that Williamson had maintained integrity despite losing the final most dramatically. He reiterated that Williamson’s behaviour reflects how Kiwis are.
Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the Year award:
Bennett has also expressed surprise on seeing the name of Stokes for the New Zealander of the Year award.
“The way he (Williamson) conducted himself, not only in the face of such devastating disappointment at Lord’s but throughout the tournament, resonated powerfully with Kiwis from all walks of life. Interesting to see some character having a bob each way: we also received nominations for England’s Ben Stokes,” the Bennett told NZ Herald.
Bennett further revealed that his parents are still living in the country and many claim Stokes being among them.
“He might not have been playing for the Black Caps but, having been born in Christchurch, where his parents now live, and with Maori ancestry, there’s clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him,” Bennett concluded.
As of now, the award organisers are tight-lipped. The nominations for the award will close on September 15 after it opened on July 1. Meanwhile, in December the nominations will be shortlisted as the winner will be declared in February 2020.
The award has been dedicated to the community who bring glory to the country in particular. Recently, Mike Kings, the comedian-turned-mental health advocate, had bagged the award.
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw was the last sportsman who had earned the award in 2016. The award organisers felicitated him following two consecutive title victories in the Rugby World Cup with last coming in 2015.
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