All-Rounder Ben Stokes, who was behind England's World Cup glory with the spirited fight back when his team was struggling, has been nominated as the New Zealander of the Year.
Not many knew that Ben Stokes was born in New Zealand but migrated to England with his family when he was 12. Stokes Father Gerard who played rugby for New Zealand was coaching in England at that time. Ever since then, The All-Rounder remained in England even though his Parents returned to New Zealand.
New Zealander Of The Year chief judge Cameron Bennett opined few Kiwis think they can claim Ben Stokes though he doesn't play for Black Caps because his parents live here and also due to Maori ancestry.
Interestingly, New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson was also nominated for New Zealander Of The Year award. He is most likely to be the recipient of the honour for the way he conducted himself throughout the World Cup campaign.