The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday named Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan because the T20I Cricketer of the Yr for his sheer “consistency, indomitable spirit and loads of breathtaking knocks” final yr.
Earlier this week, the ICC had additionally included Rizwan in its T20I group of the yr that includes two extra Pakistani gamers — Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
“The Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman dominated the roost in 2021 when it got here to the shortest format of the sport,” the ICC mentioned of Rizwan after crowning him as the highest T20I participant of the yr.
The participant aggregated a staggering 1,326 runs in solely 29 matches at a mean of 73.66 and a strike-rate of 134.89 final yr.
In accordance with the cricket physique, Rizwan was “as stable as ever behind the stumps”, taking part in a key function in Pakistan’s run to the semi-final in the course of the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2021, the place he ended up because the third-highest run-scorer.
He additionally scored the maiden T20I century of his profession towards South Africa in Lahore early within the yr and ended it persevering with his kind with a “sensible knock” of 87 towards West Indies in Karachi.
“With one other T20 World Cup developing subsequent yr, Pakistan will hope that Rizwan continues in the identical vein,” mentioned the ICC.
The worldwide cricket physique additionally appreciated Rizwan for his spectacular innings within the World T20 fixture towards India that helped Pakistan beat its arch-rivals for the primary time in any world cup.
“With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami in opposition assault, the duty was made all of the extra difficult. However as was virtually all the time the case in 2021, Rizwan alongside together with his skipper Babar Azam ensured to seal a well-known victory that might be remembered within the historical past of Pakistan cricket for years to return.”
Rizwan had smacked an unbeaten 79 runs off 55 balls, hitting six fours and three sixes within the high-profile match towards India.