Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named the star Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan as the Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2021.

Mohammad Rizwan dominated the T20 International cricket in the year 2021. With the bat, he was consistent and sensational. He scored 1326 runs in just 29 games for Pakistan at an exceptional average of 73.66 and strike rate of 134.89, including one century.

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Mohammad Rizwan, International Cricket
Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rizwan started off the year 2021 smashing his maiden T20I century against South Africa in Lahore and ended it with a stunning knock of 87 runs against West Indies. Also, he was brilliant behind the stumps as he was involved in 24 dismissals.

Mohammad Rizwan Was The Highest Run-getter In T20Is In 2021

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan. Image Credits: Twitter

Rizwan went berserk against the bowlers in T20I cricket in 2021 and he emerged as the leading run-getter in the shortest format of the game. Also, Rizwan’s tally of 1326 T20I runs is the most by any player in a calendar year in the history of T20I cricket.

The most memorable knock of Mohammad Rizwan came in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 clash against arch-rivals India. Pakistan got the target of 152 runs to chase, which looked easy on paper, but the history was against Pakistan as they had never won the World Cup encounter against India and they were against the bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan

However, Opener Mohammad Rizwan and Pakistan skipper Babar Azam dominated in the match and without losing any wicket they marched Pakistan towards historic victory. Mohammad Rizwan scored 79* runs off 55 deliveries including 6 fours and 3 sixes and Babar Azam scored 68 runs off 52 balls.

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