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Pakistan’s Rizwan named Wisden’s Leading T20 Cricketer


Mohammad Rizwan celebrates after scoring 100 during a match. File

Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan was named the Leading T20 Cricketer in the World by the Wisden Almanack, Dawn News reported on Friday.

The 29-year-old had a prolific run in 2021, becoming the first-ever cricketer in the history of T20 cricket to amass over 2,000 runs in a calendar year. In 45 innings, the right-hander amassed 2,036 runs at a fine average of 56.55.

Rizwan also became the first-ever player to score 1,000 T20 International runs in a calendar year. At a magnificent average of 73.66 in international cricket, he made 1,326 runs.

Meanwhile, Joe Root was named as Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World, just a week after he stepped down as England’s Test captain.

The 31-year-old Root quit last week after five years as England skipper following a dismal run of one win in 17 games.

But his impeccable form with the bat in 2021, when he scored 1,708 runs -- the third-highest ever total of runs in a calendar year below the tallies of former Pakistan batting maestro Mohammad Yousuf (1,788) and former West Indian icon Sir Viv Richards (1,710) — at an average of 61, helped him earn the global award.

Root succeeds his own potential successor with the national side, Ben Stokes, who took the honour in 2019 and 2020.

Root is the third Englishman to receive the accolade since it was launched in 2003, with Andrew Flintoff the first in 2005.


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