Ben Stokes proclaimed cricket player for men of the year at ICC Awards 2019 after leading England to World Cup success and stunning Headingley achievements
- Ben Stokes has been named cricket player for men of the year at the ICC’s 2019 awards
- Stokes delivered incredible performances in the World Cup and Ashes series
- He hit 821 runs and took 22 wickets in 11 test games in the last 12 months
- The 28-year-old all-round was also mentioned in both ICC teams of the year
Ben Stokes has been named cricket player for men of the year in the 2019 Awards of the International Cricket Council.
Stokes’ incredible performance in the World Cup, not least in the final of the Lord, and his unforgettable match-winning century in the Ashes Test in Headingley saw him land the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
Stokes accepted the prize, which was voted by members of the media and former players, and said, “The last 12 months have been incredible for cricket in England and it was our greatest achievement to enter the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time lifting.
The British Ben Stokes has been named cricket player for men of the year in the ICC’s 2019 awards
“This prize bears witness to my teammates and the support staff who have been there at every step. Fundamentally, without the support of these individuals, we would never have achieved our goal of lifting an important trophy. “
Stokes demonstrated his convincing all-round skills during the voting period, scored 719 runs and took 12 wickets in 20 one-day internationals, 821 runs and 22 wickets in 11 tests.
There were also several memorable catches, including his jump with one hand in the World Cup curtain raiser against South Africa.
The match-winning century of Stokes in the Ashes Test in Headingley earned England an important victory
The incredible performance of Stokes in the World Cup, not least in the final of the Lord, also contributed
The 28-year-old was also named in both ICC teams of the year. He was the only English representative in the Test XI, but was accompanied by wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in the ODI side.
Australia also performed well, with fast bowler Pat Cummins named Test player of the year for his best-in-class broadcast of 59 wickets and productive batsman Marnus Labuschagne winning emerging player of the year.
India opener Rohit Sharma was ODI player of the year, with seven 50-overs centuries including five at the World Cup.
The English Richard Illingworth grabbed the referee, Deepak Chahar’s spell of six to seven for India against Bangladesh was named best Twenty20-execution and Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer was recognized as associate cricket player of the year.