It was quite an ironic World Cup final, wasn’t it? The English team was notoriously made up of immigrants, and most prominent of which was Ben Stokes, who has been nominated for the award of ‘New Zealander of the year’. Stokes is an immigrant from New Zealand, born in Christchurch. He moved to England at the age of 12 with his family. His parents however moved back to New Zealand eventually, and have been there since.
With the Kiwis claiming Stokes as one of their own, despite him almost single-handedly denying them the World Cup, is quite a story. Many users also claim that this is New Zealand’s way of throwing some subtle shade at England, and is actually quite a genius move.
The New Zealand public nominates “inspirational Kiwis” for the award – those said to have made a “significant contribution to our nation and make us proud of our country”.
Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the Year 🤨 pic.twitter.com/AfcJTvjIh6
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) July 19, 2019
Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the Year!!! Kiwi by birth, Stokes has been nominated for the prestigious honour along with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. This after he broke their hearts a week back at World Cup!!! What do you say?
— G. S. Vivek (@GSV1980) July 19, 2019
Such a NZ thing to do. #ThrowingShade
— P.Jr32 (@Jr32Pita) July 19, 2019
What are your thoughts?