Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the Year

first_img Associated Press WellingtonJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 08:49 IST Ben Stokes played a starring role in the World Cup 2019 final (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes was the Man of the Match during the World Cup 2019 finalStokes was born in New Zealand before his family moved to EnglandKane Williamson too has been nominated for the coveted awardAllrounder Ben Stokes, who guided England to victory over New Zealand in the final of the cricket World Cup, has been nominated as New Zealander of the Year.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has also been nominated.Stokes’ match-winning innings of 84 allowed England to tie New Zealand’s score of 241-8 and he then helped the home team prevail after a tie-breaking “super over” in which both teams scored 15 runs. England won on a count back of boundaries hit during the match.Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to England with his family when he was 12. His father Gerard, who played rugby league for New Zealand, was then coaching in England.Stokes has remained in England since, though his parents Gerard and Deb returned to live in the South Island city of Christchurch.New Zealander of the Year chief judge Cameron Bennett said Stokes “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 said the way Williamson conducted himself in the face of devastating disappointment in the final and throughout the World Cup resonated with Kiwis.”He’s been the embodiment of the qualities we cherish as New Zealanders courage, fairness, humility,” he said.Also Read | Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidatesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Stokes asked umpire to take off four overthrows during final, claims AndersonadvertisementFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow World Cup 2019Follow Kane Williamson Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the YearEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes, who guided his team to a thrilling victory against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 final on Sunday, has been nominated due to his Kiwi ancestry having being born in Christchurch.advertisementlast_img read more