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Stokes named Wisden’s lead cricketer in the world’ second year in a rank

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named Wisden’s ‘leading cricketer in the world’ for the second year in a row. The all-rounder is also the first English cricketer to win the accolade twice since its inception in 2004. Stokes was rewarded for his all-round show last year. He finished with most runs in Test last year, scoring a total of 641 in seven matches at a staggering average of 58.27. He scored two hundreds and as many fifties in Tests. Stokes’ achievement is all the more remarkable as the 29-year-old all-rounder won the accolade while suffering a personal tragedy — his father Gerrard’s illness and passing away in December last year due to brain cancer. Stokes, who has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) after suffering a finger injury while playing for his side Rajasthan Royals in their opening game against Punjab Kings last Monday, won the accolade for the first time in 2020 to end India skipper Virat Kohli’s three-year run in winning the award.

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