The BBC Network provided its highest sportsmanship award to Ben Stokes, England’s most remarkable cricket player. He was named the Sports Personality of the Year, which came after playing a significant role during the Cricket World Cup in Australia. He won the critical component in their final matchup against New Zealand, which saw him outpace Martin Guptill for a tie-breaking point. It sealed their championship victory.
Ben Stokes wasn’t the only individual that was up for this award. The Formula One Champion, Lewis Hamilton, also could’ve won the award. He came in second place to Ben Stokes, with Dina Asher-Smith taking third place. The announcement that Ben Stokes won came as a significant accomplishment, with a Cricket Player not winning the award for fourteen years. Stokes is the fifth player in BBC’s Sports Awards History to acquire this championship award.
England’s Cricketing Future
Ben Stokes returned England into the mind of cricket fans worldwide. They were seen as an offensive team for the last decade, with their previous notable win occurring at Ashes in 2005. That’s when Andy Murray received the BBC’s Sports of the Year Personality Award. Stokes taking this championship victory means that England will be a significant contender for the next championship event. It’s already been confirmed that he will remain with the national team for two more championships, as will Dina-Asher Smith. Subsequently, fans of cricket in England can expect their national team to win another championship before 2028. The only downside for fans to Ben Stokes winning is that he will miss the first two days of practice for England’s National Team. The coaching staff has confirmed that Stokes will complete double the average training to make up for this lost time.
The British-Superstar F1 Driver nearly won this title over Ben Stokes. It wouldn’t be the first time that Lewis Hamilton won the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award. This is a middle-aged man who has won six championship titles in Formula One, with analysts anticipating he will win another two before retiring. Subsequently, he will win the SPOY Award one more time before his retirement date.