England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was the star of the show in England’s cricket world cup win over New Zealand, has been nominated for the New Zealander of the Year award.
The 28-year-old was the hero of the match as his 84 run innings allowed England to tie the Black Caps’s score of 241.
Not just that Strokes stole the headlines by hitting 8 runs off 3 balls in the tie-breaking “super over”.
Both teams scored 15 runs in the subsequent over too; twice a tie in a day is nothing short of a miracle.
But, why ‘Strokes’ is been nominated for the New Zealander of the Year award, when he’s the one who helped England to win the maiden cup at Lord’s.
Ben Stokes was born at Zealand’s Christchurch but moved to England when he was 12.
Gerard, Ben’s father, who played rugby league for Kiwis, was then coaching in England. While Stokes has remained in England since, his parents returned to live in the South Island city of Christchurch.
Awards chief judge, Cameron Bennett said, “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 are clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him.”
Kane Stuart Williamson, who is currently the captain of the New Zealand national team has also been nominated for the award.