- In the year 2019, Ben Stokes played 2 miracle innings, will always be memorable
- Made ODI World Champion, England also played extraordinary game in Headingley Test
- Wisden chose leading cricketer in the world on the basis of these two important innings
- Prior to this, Wisden was honored with Virat’s name for 3 consecutive years.
Wisden has named England all-rounder Ben Stokes as the world’s best cricketer for the year 2019. The year 2019 was truly Stokes’ year. This year, he played two such innings, which surprised everyone. England became the world champions of ODI cricket for the first time on their own. After this, it was Stokes’ battling innings in the Headingley Test of the Ashes series, on which England drew Australia 2–2 in the series. Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli was receiving this award of Wisden for three consecutive years, but Stokes had only two fighting innings, which really overshadowed Virat Kohli’s game this time.
Let’s once again look at those two memorable innings of Stokes, which cricket history will always remember.
14 July 2019: World Cup Final – England v New Zealand, Lord’s Cricket Ground
The England team, which was playing the title match against New Zealand, was chasing a target of 242 runs here. The English team was stuck chasing this goal but Stokes’ combativeness tied the match. When Ben Stokes hit the ground in this match, the English team was struggling to lose 3 wickets for 71 runs to chase the target of 242 runs.
Virat’s dominance ended in Wisden Cricketer of the Year
Stokes began to play resiliently and brought England back into the match with a brilliant century partnership of 110 for the 5th wicket with Jos Buttler. But soon after Butler (60) was out, England started losing their wickets very quickly. But Stokes did not give up and the match was matched on the last ball. He scored an unbeaten 84 in 98 balls with the help of 5 fours and two sixes.
Batting had to be done twice this match
Stokes’ work did not end here. In this tie, he was sent back for batting for a super over. He also scored 8 runs here. Both teams scored 15–15 in this decisive over and it was also tied. After this, England was declared the winner of this title on the basis of boundaries.
Clarke selected 7 great batsmen, Virat Kohli included but not named Steve Smith
Ashes Series – Third Test (22 to 26 August), Headingley
This was the third Test match of the Ashes series, in which England were trailing 0–1. She also reached the verge of defeat in this Test when she lost her 9 wickets for 286 runs while chasing a target of 359 runs in the fourth innings of the match. England needed 73 more runs to win and they had the only wicket left as a pair of Jack Leach and Stokes.
Stokes took an aggressive stance after the 9th wicket fell. He knew that if he wants to win from here, he will have to play in his own style. He then took Jack Leach in confidence to save his wicket, and from the other end, Stokes openly played the strokes and gave the honoring balls plenty of respect.
In this match, he also completed his century during the 10th wicket partnership and brought a thrill in this losing game. Stokes eventually won England by scoring 135 runs. This series of five Test matches was equalized 1–1. After this, both teams won once in the remaining 2 Tests and drew the series 2–2.