Ben Stokes deserves world’s best honor, says Ireland coach
English all-rounder Ben Stokes was the only man who could feasibly have been named the leading cricketer in the world for 2020 by Wisden authority. Ireland Coach Graham Ford feels him the best entertainer and he deserves it. Ford was formerly coach for South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Ben stokes has ended Virat Kohli’s three-year reign in of the honor. He was handed the award in April following a stunning 2019-year performance of the Englishman.
Stokes have helped his country to lift up the World Cup trophy in their home ground. Stokes was also outstanding in a 2-2 Ashes series draw in which he produced one of the all-time great innings to seal victory in the third Test. He scored 135 not out to see England home by one wicket.
“I can’t see how [Stokes] couldn’t be the recipient of the award,” Ford said.
“He’s just such a great entertainer, the attitude he shows on the field is just such a fantastic example for any cricketer. It’s just a never-say-die attitude.
“At times, the team could be going through a really tough day, somehow he still seems to be enjoying that toughness. It’s a freakish type of quality. There’s a huge excitement for any cricket fan to watch this great entertainer. I mean, who doesn’t want to watch batting and entertaining?
“And in the last year he’s played these fantastic innings, he’s done it before this last year, but in particular this last year he’s been fantastic. Every single team in the world would want him to be playing for them, it’s as simple as that.”