Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan on Sunday was voted the ICC Men's T20I Cricketer of the Year for 2021.Rizwan, also Pakistan's wicket-keeper, saw off stiff competition from England's Jos Buttler, Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga and Australia's Mitchell Marsh to grab the award.
I had an exceptional year in the shortest format of the game, and I am thankful to all my colleagues and peers for voting me as the ICC Men's T20I Cricketer of the Year. This award gives me further motivation and incentive to do even better in 2022 and beyond for Pakistan so that we can collectively achieve our objective of being the top T20I playing side and in the process enhancing our fan-base, said Rizwan.
Rizwan ruled the roost in 2021 when it came to the shortest format of the game in the international arena. Aggregating a staggering 1326 runs in just 29 matches, Rizwan had an average of 73.66 and a strike-rate of 134.89.