Ben Stokes has almost earned the tag ‘finisher’ for the English side right now. The way he handled pressure in such a crucial stage of the game was appreciated by many experts and fans. Everyone started comparing the instances of 2016 World T20 and 2019 World Cup which show the evolution of Stokes in the three year period. Now he’s got a big news that’s almost impossible to believe.
Stokes has now been nominated for the New Zealander of the year award. The most prestigious award is in its eleventh year and the public nominates the personalities who made significant contributions and made them proud. Alongside Stokes, it is Kane Williamson, who stood as a role model to many players and led his side till the finals of the World tournament 2019.
The final shortlisting will take place in earlier September and further developments on this news is expected. It is to be noted that Stokes was born and brought up in New Zealand before moving to the United Kingdom at the age of 12. The awards’ chief judge Cameron Bennett said that there are still few kiwis who think that they can still claim him as a New Zealander.
Stokes and Williamson were the pillars of their respective sides in the World Cup. The latter indeed bagged the award for the Man of the tournament for his consistency shown throughout. There is expected to be an intense clash for the title between the two and it will be interesting to see who comes out at the top.