English all-rounder Ben Stokes played a vital role in the lifting for the team for the first time. However, it was known to very few that Ben Stokes originally hails from New Zealand but has been residing in UK since he was 12 years old.
Recently, New Zealand government nominated Ben Stokes and Kane Williamson for the New Zealander of the year award for their valuable contribution.
Now, Ben Stokes has come up with a statement regarding his nomination for the award and shared it on his social media handles.
He wrote, ‘’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. I have helped England lift a World Cup and my life is firmly established in the UK – it has been since I was 12-years old’’.
‘’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 was the player of the tournament and an inspirational leader of men. He shows humility and empathy to every situation and is an all-round good bloke. He typifies what it is to be a New Zealander. He would be a worthy recipient of this accolade. New Zealand, fully support him. He deserves it and gets my vote’’, he added.
Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan-led England team lifted the ICC World Cup for the first time defeating New Zealand in a nerve-wrecking final match at the Lord’s. The match and even the super over was tied but England won the game on the basis of number of boundaries smashed.