Ben Stokes’ modesty stands in sharp contrast to bloated show

That some presenters seemed to think the occasion itself was sport’s top highlight detracted from the viewing experienceAt the end of a joyful and often inspirational process marked by honesty, humility, a roster of outstanding candidates and the willingness of all parties to submit to multiple interviews, a public vote resulted in a richly deserved winner. Ben Stokes, who well before polling opened had made his first appearance on the programme as one of three England cricketers introduced by Gary Lineker as “World Cup run-out hero Jason Roy, captain Eoin Morgan and main award winner Ben Stokes” was indeed presented with the main award. Lineker’s faux pas was swiftly corrected, and surely a slip of the tongue rather than evidence of outlandish vote-rigging, with Stokes already the bookmakers’ runaway favourite and England’s cricketers also providing the team and moment of the year. Related: Ben Stokes wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 – as it happened Continue reading…