Ben Stokes has ended Virat Kohli’s three-year reign as Wisden’s main cricketer on this planet after taking part in a starring position in England’s World Cup win final yr. The 2020 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, printed on Thursday, crowns the swashbuckling all-rounder as the game’s pre-eminent participant. He is the primary England participant to obtain the honour since Andrew Flintoff in 2005.
The 28-year-old received the man-of-the-match award within the World Cup last in opposition to New Zealand at Lord’s after which produced a outstanding match-winning innings of 135 not out within the third Ashes Test in opposition to Australia.
“Ben Stokes pulled off the performance of a lifetime — twice in the space of a few weeks,” stated Wisden editor Lawrence Booth.
“First, with a mixture of outrageous talent and good fortune, he rescued England’s run-chase in the World Cup final, before helping to hit 15 off the super over.
“Then, within the third Ashes Test at Headingley, he produced one of many nice innings, smashing an unbeaten 135 to pinch a one-wicket win.
“Against red ball or white, he was a force of nature.”
Stokes in January received the International Cricket Council’s participant of the yr award.
England tempo bowler Jofra Archer, who bowled the tremendous over within the World Cup last, is amongst Wisden’s 5 cricketers of the yr.
Australians Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne and Ellyse Perry have been named alongside Archer, in addition to South Africa-born Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer.
Perry additionally reclaimed the main ladies’s cricketer on this planet title from India’s Smriti Mandhana.