England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been selected as the BBC’s 20-year-old sportswriter for his outstanding performance and headlining appearance at the World Cup. He was the fifth cricketer to win the award after Freddie Flintoff.
Stokes was awarded the title for his singular victory in the one-match World Cup Final and the Ashes (Headingley Test). 14 years later, the BBC was selected as a cricketer of the year. Lewis Hamilton was Stokes’ closest competitor in the sport of the year. Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith was also third.
Stokes went on to express his feelings about being selected sportsperson of the year
‘It’s a personal reward, but I play team sports. The best part of this is that I can share my special time with my teammates, staff, team management. I have come to take this award alone but everyone is behind it. ”