It seems like Iceland Cricket is leaving no stone unturned in expressing their opinions. They took to social media to troll England's World Cup hero Ben Stokes and the people of New Zealand after they decided to nominate him for the New Zealander of the Year honour. Their tweet was in relation to Stokes also being in contention to receive the knighthood from United Kingdom.
Read the tweet here:
Coming back to Stokes, the English all-rounder is likely to receive knighthood after being backed by U.K PM Aspirants Jeremy Hunt And Boris Johnson as per media sources. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old has been nominated for the New Zealander Of The Year for having anchored England's run chase when the hosts were reeling at 86/4.
The stylish middle-order batsman was born in Christchurch with Maori ancestry.
Ben Stokes became an overnight hero after his match-saving knock against New Zealand in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final at Lord's on Sunday. Stokes remained unbeaten on a 98-ball 84 as the contest ended in a tie. At the end of 100 overs, both teams were tied at the score of 241 and then the Super Over also ended in a tie. However, England emerged as the winners of the match owing to the boundary count, with England having scored 24 boundaries in their innings against New Zealand's 17.
While Stokes was the hero, there were a lot of fans and members from the cricketing fraternity who had questioned the boundary count rule which led to England's World Cup triumph. Even Stokes himself was a part of this controversy as well. During the final over, Martin Guptill's throw from the deep had deflected off the southpaw's bat and crossed the boundary. The on-field umpires awarded six runs to the hosts (four overthrows and two ran by the batsmen). Nonetheless, five-time ICC Umpire of the Year award-winner Simon Taufel went on to say that the umpires should not have given the extra run and that it should have only been five runs instead of six as the batsmen had not crossed when the fielder (Martin Guptill) had released the ball from the deep.