KARACHI: Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan has been named the Main T20 Cricketer within the World within the 2022 version of the Wisden Almanack.
Rizwan, final yr, turned the first-ever cricketer within the historical past of T20 cricket to amass over 2,000 runs in a calendar yr. He scored 2,036 runs in 45 innings at a median of 56.55 in 2021.
He additionally turned the first-ever participant to attain 1,000 T20 worldwide runs in a calendar yr. His 2021 runs tally consists of 1,326 runs at a median of 73.66 in worldwide cricket.
It’s value mentioning that Rizwan within the earlier yr was named amongst Widen Cricketers of the yr as nicely.
Whereas profiling Rizwan for Wisden, Alan Gardner wrote that Rizwan was batting as if blessed with foresight and recalled the video that went viral after Pakistan’s win in ICC T20 World Cup in opposition to India.
“Twenty20 batting is meant to be a risky, high-variance occupation: boom-boom or bust. Sometimes, a participant produces a purple patch to rise above the hurly-burly. However nobody has had a yr of such sustained run-scoring as Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan.
“By no means thoughts seeing it nicely: he was batting as if blessed with foresight. And in a way he was. After starring in Pakistan’s ten-wicket demolition of India on the T20 World Cup, his readability of function was summed up by a viral video from the ICC that spliced his pre-game routine of visualisation alongside the boundaries he struck throughout his 55-ball 79,” he wrote.
He additionally highlighted how outstanding the yr was for Mohammad Rizwan.
“In all T20 cricket, he made 2,036 at 56. Nobody — not Chris Gayle, not Virat Kohli, not Rizwan’s opening associate, Babar Azam, who final yr scored 1,779 himself — had ever acquired close to 2,000,” Alan Gardner famous.
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