England’s Ben Stokes has become just the third player ever to be named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World in back-to-back years after it was revealed yesterday that he’d received the honour again for 2020.
The 29-year-old joins Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag as the only cricketers to receive the award in consecutive years.
He was not the only Englishman to be recognised, with Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, and Darren Stevens – who can count the Barmy Army in a list of sides that he’s played for – all deservedly named as three of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year.
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder and Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammed Rizwan made up the five-strong list.
We don’t have to remind you that 2020 was a year like no other but Stokesy’s sterling performances on the field were a comforting constant, despite a tough off-pitch period for the England and Durham all-rounder.
He started it all off with heroics at Newlands and finished it as the leading Test run-scorer in the world with 641 and having taken 19 wickets at a remarkable average of just 18.73.
Stokesy’s performances in 2019 were beyond comprehension at times and yet somehow he managed to maintain that level of quality last year.
He is a remarkable cricketer and it is fantastic to see him get the recognition he deserves once again.
With a home summer schedule, a T20 World Cup, and the start of an Ashes series down under still to come this year, there’s no reason he can’t make it three in a row.
As we have discovered time after time over the past few years – if anyone can do it, Stokesy can!