Jan 23, 2022: Pakistani opener batsman and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan has been named the Men’s T20I Cricket of the Year by the top cricket governing body after a glorious year in the shortest format of the game.
The legendary batter reigns supreme in 2021 in the shortest format of the game. He scored an astonishing 1,326 runs in just 29 matches and struck with an average of 73.66 and a strike rate of 134.89.
A statement by the ICC said; “Sheer consistency, indomitable spirit and some breathtaking knocks — the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year enjoyed a memorable run in 2021,” a statement issued by the ICC said.
Meanwhile Muhammad Rizwan in conversation himself said, “It is a pleasure to see Pakistan’s name among the top teams of the world,”
Rizwan gave credit for his award to the team management, his fellow cricketers and analysts, saying that “team Pakistan has a standing in [the top squads of] the world due to everyone’s hard work”.
Apart from his top-notch batting, the 29-yar-old was as solid as ever behind the stumps, playing a key role in Green shirts’ run to the semis during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Muhammad Rizwan also scored the maiden T20I century of his career against South Africa in Lahore early in the year and ended it continuing his form with a brilliant knock of 87 against West Indies in Karachi. With another T20 World Cup coming up next year, Pakistan will hope that Rizwan continues in the same vein.
Rizwan along with skipper Babar Azam was also instrumental in ensuring that a famous victory would be sealed in the T20 World Cup match against India last year that would be celebrated in the history of Pakistan cricket for years to come.
His smashing innings included 79* in only 55 deliveries, hitting six fours and three sixes. The ease with which he countered the Indian bowling attack was a thing of sheer beauty. He ensured that there were no hiccups in the run-chase as Pakistan galloped towards the target without losing a single wicket to seal a 10-wicket victory.
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