Stokes ends Kohli’s reign as Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world

England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes gets the good news amid the horror of the coronavirus. He has been selected as the leading Cricketer in the World in the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which is published today.

Stokes ends Kohli's reign as Wisden's leading cricketer in the world

As a result, the wait of 15 years has been diminished. Former England fast bowler all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been selected as Wisden’s top cricketer for the last time in 2005 for England. This time, it has been won by another pace bowling all-rounder after a decade and a half.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s reign ended with Stokes winning the award. Earlier, Kohli was selected as the top cricketer in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions. In this year’s edition of Wisden, Stokes will be the top cricketer – it was kind of predictable. Stokes won the World Cup title for the first time by making a spectacular performance in the final against New Zealand last year.

A few weeks later, the prestigious Ashes head-to-head test brought England to an unforgettable victory. In the eighth Test century of his career, he won the match for England with an unbeaten innings of 135 runs with just 1 wicket to spare.

These were the two biggest ads of the year for Stokes’s success. Wisden’s editor, Lawrence Booth, mentioned the two matches in his editorial, declaring him as the leading cricketer of the year.

“Stokes has shown a memorable performance twice in a few weeks,” he said.

“For the first time in a World Cup final match with a little luck. Then Stokes played one of the best innings in history in the third Ashes match.”

Booth also wrote, “Last year at Wisden it was said that Stokes should use his talents better. Because it is important for the country. He did it in World Cup finals and Headingly Test. He was playing dream cricket. In the midst of this again the Test century at Lord’s is really remarkable. When England couldn’t find their way to the World Cup, Stokes stood out. Had he not been, Wisden would have written England’s woes once more.”

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