Ben Stokes in January has been titled at the ‘International Cricket Council’s player’ of the year. Virat Kohli has received the prestigious award from the last three years but Ben Stokes has ended Kohli’s reign and hailed the title after an outstanding performance in England’s World Cup win last year.
The 2020 Wisden Cricketers Almanack published on Thursday crowns the mind-blowing all-rounder as the sports prominent player. He is the first England player to receive the honor after Andrew Flintoff in 2005.
The 28-year-old also won the man of the match award in the World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’s followed by outstanding winning innings of 135 not out in the third ashes test against Australia.
“Ben Stokes performed outstandingly and produced a remarkable performance twice in two weeks”, said Wisden editor Lawrence Booth.
“With a blend of brilliant talent and good fortune he rescued England by getting in control the run chase in the World Cup Final, before helping to hit important 15 runs in the super over”. “In the third ashes test matches at Headingley, he produced the best performance by smashing an unbeatable 135 runs and led to a one-wicket win. “Whether its test series or one-day series Ben stokes has proved a crucial component for England’s win”.
England’s bowler Jofra Archer, who bowled the super over in the World Cup Final is among Wisden’s five cricketers of the year.
Australians Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne and Ellyse Perry have been named along with Archer as best bowlers as well as South Africa born Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer.Perry took the title of leading women’s cricketer in the world from India’s Smriti Mandhana.