Ben Stokes wins the best Wisden cricketer in the world for the second year in a row and becomes the first Englishman to win the award twice – with Beth Mooney, Jason Holder and Mohammad Rizwan also recognized.
- Ben Stokes scored 641 points for Test side, an average of 58 in calendar year
- He took 19 wickets for just 18 each to show how good his game is
- Stokes succeeded against the background of a personal tragedy with the death of his father
Ben Stokes gets a welcome boost as he recovers from a broken finger after being named Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world for the second consecutive year.
Stokes, who was injured Monday while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, will become the first English cricketer to win the award more than once in the most prestigious honor in this year’s Almanack.
The 158th edition of the cricket bible, released today and covering the Covid hit 2020 season, pays tribute to England’s talisman at a time when he must battle to be fit for the first test of the summer against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2.
Ben Stokes has been named Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world for the second year in a row
“His number of 641 test runs out of 58 in the calendar year was more than anyone else, while his 19 wickets cost just 18 each,” Wisden editor and Sportsmail cricket writer Lawrence Booth said in the Almanack. “He did it all against a backdrop of personal tragedy: his father, Ged, died in December at the age of 65.”
Wisden’s most famous awards, to the five cricketers of the year, include the fourth oldest receiver on record in Kent’s Darren Stevens, 44, who won 29 Bob Willis Trophy wickets with an average of 15.
Stevens is the oldest Wisden cricketer of the year since Leicestershire’s Ewart Astill in 1933 and is older than him, WG Grace and Lord Hawke in the Almanack’s pantheon.
Jason Holder was instrumental in saving the summer by leading the West Indies to England
The other cricketer of the year awards, which can only be won once, go to Zak Crawley, who won 267 against Pakistan in the third test last summer, and Dom Sibley who, Booth says, regularly provided the glue England needed. at the top of their test order.
Jason Holder, who allegedly played a bigger role in saving the summer than anyone else by directing the West Indies in the first bio-secure series held after the Covid outbreak, also stands up the list. “Holder was a giant both on and off the field,” Booth writes.
“He inspired his team to victory in the first test with six to 42. He also led a dignified West Indian response to Black Lives Matter, taking a knee with his teammates before each test.”
Australian star Beth Mooney accepted the award for Wisden’s Leading Woman Cricketer
The fifth prize goes to Pakistani Mohammad Rizwan who was ‘an electrical presence behind the stumps’.
The Leading Woman Cricketer in the World award goes to Australian Beth Mooney who hit 78 balls out of 54 in the T20 World Cup final when the home team beat India in front of 86,000 spectators in the MCG.
Meanwhile, Stokes will still receive most of his £ 1.3million IPL salary despite being banned from the rest of the tournament. Leading IPL players take out comprehensive insurance that covers serious injuries.