Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Rizwan, has been included as one of the cricketers of the year, 2021, by Wisden. Rizwan put in exceptional performances during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2020, impressing the cricket fans and experts with his gritty batting and magnificent glovework behind the stumps.
Five Wisden cricketers of the year are chosen each year by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, based primarily on their performances and their influence on the previous English season. Wisden cricketers of the year award has been active since 1897 and the prestigious award is one of the milestones in English cricket.
Mohammad Rizwan was one of the shining lights of Pakistan’s disappointing tour of England. Although Pakistan lost the Test series 1-0, Mohammad Rizwan earned a lot of praise for his impressive performances over the three Tests. Rizwan scored 161 runs, including two half-centuries, and picked up 5 catches and one stumping in the three-match series. He then continued his fine form against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Rizwan joins an esteemed list of Pakistani players to be included as cricketers of the year by Wisden. Legendary pacer, Fazal Mahmood, was the first Pakistani to win the accolade in 1955, while the latest Pakistani players to be awarded were Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan in 2017.
Check-out who has made to Wisden Cricketer of the Year list:
1955 Fazal M
1963 Mushtaq M
1968 Asif I, Hanif M
1970 Majid K
1972 Zaheer A
1982 Javed M
1983 Imran K
1988 Saleem M
1992 Waqar Y
1993 Wasim A
1997 Mushtaq A, Saeed A
2000 Saqlain M
2007 M Yousuf
2017 Younis K, Misbah pic.twitter.com/oDQhwUnHQ6
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West Indian all-rounder, Jason Holder, English batsmen, Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley, and all-rounder Darren Stevens, are the other four cricketers included in the Wisden cricketers of the year list.
While Holder, Crawley, and Sibley have been consistent performers for their respective countries, Darren Stevens is the only one out of the lot not to have played any international cricket. He has an exceptional record at the domestic level and has been impressive for quite some time despite being 44 years old.