Fresh from being declared player of the match in England’s dramatic World Cup final win, star all-rounder Ben Stokes has been nominated for the New Zealander of the Year. The left-handed middle order batsman contributed a crucial 84 runs as England barely edged out the Black Caps in the nerve-racking final.
Stokes, who was born in New Zealand, took to social media and claimed he was flattered by this nomination but put the weight behind Kane Williamson to be named New Zealander of the Year.
“I am flattered to be nominated for New Zealander of the Year. I am proud of my New Zealand and Maori heritage but it would not sit right with me to be nominated for this prestigious award. There are people who deserve this recognition more and have done a lot more for the country of New Zealand,” Stokes wrote in his Instagram post.
“I feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He should be revered as a kiwi legend. He led his team in this World Cup with distinction and honour,” he insisted.