Ben Stokes, after breaking Kiwi hearts, has been nominated for New Zealander of the Year award for his match-winning performance in the final of the World Cup 2019.
The all-rounder was awarded the man of the match on Sunday as England edged past New Zealand in a dramatic finale.
Stokes, 28, was born in New Zealand and moved to England at the age of 13. However, it seems that many of the Kiwis still see him as one of their own.
Following his inclusion in the list of people nominated for the award, chief judge Cameron Bennett said:
He might not have been playing for the Black Caps but, having been born in Christchurch, where his parents now live, and with Maori ancestry, there’s clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him.
The New Zealand public nominates those people whom they believe have made a ‘significant contribution to our nation and make us proud of our country.’
Ben Stokes has now joined New Zealand cricket team captain Kane Williamson, Simon Barnett, Manu Vatuvei and famous Abdul Aziz, who rose to prominence following the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosque.
The nominations will close in the month of September and following that, a judging panel will shortlist 10 candidates in December. The final winner of the award will be announced at an award ceremony which will be held in February 2020.