Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidates

first_imgStar All-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to get knighted for his heroics in the Cricket World Cup 2019 final on Sunday which helped England clinch their maiden title in ICC’s 50-over showpiece event.Stokes’s unbeaten 84 off 98 balls helped England level New Zealand’s score of 241 and then he scored 8 in the Super Over which also ended in a tie. England were then declared winners of the World Cup as they had scored more boundaries in the 50 overs and in the Super Over as compared to New Zealand.The victorious English cricket team was hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May at her 10 Downing Street residence on Monday. While the outgoing PM congratulated Eoin Morgan and his players, the next two contenders for the PM’s post have assured of a knighthood for Stokes.Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, one of whom will replace outgoing PM May later this month, both pledged to honour the World Cup man-of-the-match with Johnson even adding that he would make Stokes a Duke if he becomes the next British Prime Minister.”I will give dukedoms, whatever – I will go to the maximum, to, what, the Garter King of Arms. Yes is the answer, absolutely,” Boris Johnson said as he answered a rapid-fire series of ‘yes or no’ questions at the end of the leadership debate, hosted by The Sun and talkRADIO.An incredible day of sport! @LewisHamilton wins the British Grand Prix, @EnglandCricket win the #CWC19Final – and well done @DjokerNole at Wimbledon! I still treasure the tennis racket you gave me after our last matchadvertisementBoris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 14, 2019Hunt also replied in the affirmative when the question was asked to him: “Of course”.Won’t make any trite comparisons about other contests where the seemingly impossible really can happen…but so proud to see the England cricket team lift the World Cup trophy for the first time on home soil! #cwc2019 #britishgp #winnersJeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 14, 2019Chasing 242 to win after New Zealand won the toss and posted 241-8, England had slumped to 86 for 4 before a partnership of 110 between Buttler (59) and New Zealand-born Ben Stokes (84) ensured the match would go down to Super Over.The duo once again came out to bat in the Super Over and smashed 15 runs with Stokes scoring 8 of them including a boundary. Jofra Archer then restricted New Zealand to 15 with England emerging victorious on a superior boundary count.England captain Eoin Morgan later lauded Stokes for his “superhuman” effort in the match.”To come through it is extraordinary. He’s almost superhuman. He really carried the team and our batting line-up. I know Jos [Buttler] and his partnership was extraordinary, but to bat with the lower order the way he did, I thought, was incredible,” Morgan said after the game.”Ben on numerous occasions has stood up individually and in a unit for us. He leads the way in training, in any team meetings we have, and he’s an incredible cricketer. And today he’s had a huge day out and obviously we are thankful for that,” Morgan said.Also Read | As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersAlso Read | Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherAlso Read | Prime Minister Theresa May hosts victorious England team at 10 Downing StreetAlso Read | As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardernlast_img

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