Mohammad Rizwan Breaks the Record for Most T20I Runs in a Year

Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Rizwan achieved a historic feat as he became the highest T20I scorer in a calendar year. Rizwan achieved the record during the second T20I against West Indies as he helped Pakistan to a seven-run victory over the hosts.


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Rizwan continued his sublime form and scored 46 runs off 36 balls including 2 fours and 2 sixes. His magnificent innings helped Pakistan achieve a 1-0 lead in the four-match T20I series.

The flamboyant wicket-keeper batsman has been in red hot form over the past year. He has already scored 752 runs in T20Is in 2021, the most for any player in a calendar year. Rizwan surpassed Irish batsman, Paul Stirling, who held the record for most T20I runs in a calendar year as he scored 748 runs in 2019.

The 29-year old’s 752 runs so far have come at an average of 94.00 and a strike rate of 140.03 in 14 innings. His amazing run has included seven half-centuries and an exceptional century. He has also struck 25 sixes, the second most in 2021 so far.


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Rizwan will be looking to add to his tally further with Pakistan scheduled to face New Zealand, and England before the T20 World Cup in October. Pakistan still has a minimum of 10 T20I matches left to play in the calendar year and judging by Rizwan’s form, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he becomes the first batsman to score 1,000 T20I runs in a calendar year.

Here are the top five highest scorers in a calendar year:

Player Runs Year
Mohammad Rizwan 752* 2021
Paul Stirling 748 2019
Kevin O’Brien 729 2019
Max O’Dowd 702 2019
Shikhar Dhawan 689 2018