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2021 has come to an end and if it were to be decided whose year it was, the most definite guess would be Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Rizwan. Not denying the fact that numerous other players had a great year too but this year belongs to the 29-year-old guy who turned his fortune around. Let’s see how.
The Beginning of a Rollercoaster Career
Rizwan didn’t have a career that started off with fireworks and victories. Instead, he was mocked and made fun of, he was benched by his ex PSL team, people labeled him as a non-T20 player, moreover, no one expected him to become a regular part of the national cricket team. There’s a saying “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”
Rizwan’s absolute resilience, determination, and hard work turned him into the player he is today. Let’s move on to his stats that speak for themselves, shall we?
The Journey to Glory
Last year, Rizwan opened for his team KPK in the National t20 cup. In one of the innings, he remained not out on 99 runs. Next up came the New Zealand series, the management thought it would be nice to see Rizwan open for the national team too. He couldn’t score much in the first two games but his 89 runs in the third match prevented boys in green from being whitewashed. Scoring a century against South Africa in the stadium of Lahore does count for a lot and Rizwan accomplished it quite comprehensively. Since then, he never looked back, more and more achievements just kept unlocking for the super-hero. Not to forget he also went from not being selected to play in PSL to winning the PSL 6 trophy for Multan
Mohammad Rizwan- The Maker of Unbreakable Records
A total of 2000 T20 runs were scored by the lad who doesn’t give up which made him the first batsman to do it in a year. Rizwan featured in 29 matches in 2021, he averaged 73.36 and scored 1326 runs which were the most to be scored by a batsman in a calendar year.
To call him Mr. consistent wouldn’t be wrong as he has the highest percentage of 30 plus scores in a year, moreover, he also has achieved the feat of making most fifties (12) in a year in the shortest cricketing format.
Rizwan gave all those people who were against him playing in T20 a fitting reply by becoming the first batsman to hit 100 fours in a year. Not only this but he also has hit the most sixes (42) in a year leaving behind Martin Guptil.
|Stat highlights – Rizwan’s Records in 2021|
|2036||T20 runs scored by Rizwan. He became the first-ever batter to cross 2000 T20 runs in a calendar year|
|1326||T20I runs scored by Rizwan. He became the first-ever batter to cross 1000 T20I runs in a calendar year|
|66.67%||Percentage of 30+ scores in the calendar year. Rizwan sits at 3rd in this chart.|
|42||Number of sixes hit by Rizwan. It is the most number of sixes hit by a batter in a calendar year.|
|119||Number of 4s hit by Rizwan. It is the most number of 4s hit by a batter in a calendar year. In fact, he is also the first batter to hit 100 4s in a year.|
|13||50+ scores scored by Rizwan, the most by any batter in T20Is in a calendar year.|
The Perfect Partner to the Skipper
Rizwan and Babar Azam are a match made in heaven. They have become the men of steel of the men in green. From helping Pakistan to beat India by 10 wickets to become the backbone of the team, the duo has not disappointed. They are the only pair to have 4 150 plus stands in T20i respectively against South Africa, West Indies, India, and England. These two also contributed to Pakistan highest run chases, all of which took place this year but also helped the team to register most T20i wins in a year.
Mohammad Rizwan has not only impressed the world by breaking individual records and making new ones but also has become a brilliant opening partner for his skipper and an asset for Pakistan cricket.
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