England all-rounder Ben Stokes capped off a sensational 2019 in style on Sunday night as he was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and his teammates have been quick to send congratulatory messages.
It was a fantastic evening for English cricket as the Three Lions’ World Cup-winning side scooped the ‘Team of the Year’ gong and were awarded the ‘Moment of the Year’ for Jos Buttler’s runout on the final ball of the Super Over.
The biggest prize of the night was saved for one man, however, as Stokes beat out some impressive nominees, including Raheem Sterling, Dina Asher-Smith and Lewis Hamilton, to be named the Sports Personality of the Year.
The winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 is…
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 15, 2019
The all-rounder became just the fourth cricketer to win the prize and the first since Freddie Flintoff in 2005.
How could it ever have been anyone else after the year that the 28-year-old has had? In arguably the greatest year for English cricket in recent memory, Stokes has, undoubtedly, played a starring role and produced two of the best innings from an English batsman in a long, long time.
His 84 not out dragged Eoin Morgan’s men back into the World Cup final at Lords in July and then six weeks later he helped England win the Fourth Ashes Test from a seemingly impossible position with a sensational 135 not out at Headingley.
England Test captain Joe Root told the ECB website: “We’re all delighted that Ben has won. When his team really needed him in 2019, Ben delivered and he truly deserves this accolade.”
Managing director of England men’s cricket Ashley Giles added: “I’m so pleased for Ben. His exploits this summer showed he is one of the finest cricketers in the world.
“Ben and his family should be incredibly proud of what he has been able to achieve both professionally and personally over the last two years.”
Speaking to the ECB website, Tom Harrison, ECB chief executive officer, said: “This is richly deserved and it puts the finishing touch to an amazing year for Ben and for English cricket.
“This award, for me, confirms his place in the hearts of the British public. He is not just one of the greatest cricketers we have ever had, but someone who has shown what it means to face into adversity and come through it.”
Stokes appears to, unsurprisingly, be a popular member of the England dressing room and many of his teammates past and present were quick to send him congratulatory messages.
🏴 The perfect team-mate
🏆 The player for the big occasion
🦁 An inspiration
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 16, 2019
— Graham Onions (@BunnyOnions) December 15, 2019
BOOM. What a player, what a bloke! Deserves absolutely everything 👏🏼🙌🏼 https://t.co/KSky9uL8gG
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) December 15, 2019
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) December 15, 2019
— Ollie Pope (@OPope32) December 15, 2019
— Chris Woakes (@chriswoakes) December 15, 2019
Stokes will enter the Test arena one more time in 2019, as England’s series with South Africa begins on Boxing Day–he couldn’t cap the year off with another sensation display, could he?