The rise of Muhammad Rizwan as a T20 batsman is the best thing to happen to Pakistan Cricket in 2021. Pakistan cricket has been dominating the t20 charts since its start internationally. The era of Sarfaraz Ahmad as CaptainCaptain was the best one as we count the success rate of Pakistan in the T20 Cricket. But, the Pakistani team under current Captain Babar Azam is performing exceptionally. The person who performs the best in these wins is Muhammad Rizwan. The rise of Muhammad Rizwan is undoubtedly the rise of Pakistan cricket in the year 2021. Some things happen, and it is one of the best things that happen to Pakistan cricket at the moment.
Past Views about Muhammad Rizwan’s T20 Batting
Muhammad Rizwan is not new to international cricket. He has been playing on and off since 2015. The rise of Muhammad Rizwan in T20 cricket is not a year or some day’s matter. A struggle of almost a decade brings him to 2021 to rule the batting charts. He performed in domestic circuits for some years. Finally, he got a call up to the national team in 2015. He earned his One Day International debut in 2015 against Bangladesh and got his T20 cap in the same series. From then to now, Rizwan’s batting has improved a lot.
In 4 years before 2020, Sarfaraz Ahmad was the front-line wicketkeeper for the Pakistani team. As Sarfaraz lost his form in 2019, Rizwan made his way to the group as a wicketkeeper Batsman. Since then, he has performed more than any player on the team. Muhammad Rizwan has been the highest run-getter in T20 format since then. Previously, he was not known as a T20 batsman. As he claimed in an interview, most of the Cricket experts and fans thought that Rizwan could not hit a six. He was a conventional player, much more as a Cricket’slonger format specialist.
Pakistan Cricket always created a bad or suitable image of a cricketer’s that accompanies them in their whole career. Either comparisons with senior players or extreme criticism on any player follow them. Some of them boosted their confidence with this, and some lost in the shuffle. Muhammad Rizwan boosts his confidence as he performs up to the level and consistently for Pakistan in T20. He told the world that he could even hit sixes and hit fours with his already established skill of rotating strike. This passion polishes him as the Best Batsman globally with a 50+ average in T20 cricket. His strike rate also increases from less than 100 to more than 130.
The Rise of Rizwan in T20s
Muhammad Rizwan’s rise in T20 cricket started with changing his batting order. Pakistani Management, Coach, and Captain decided that Rizwan should bat up in the batting order as he was doing in the domestic circuit. Muhammad Rizwan credited Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis (then coach of Pakistan team) for this move. He also explained that CaptainCaptain and his opening partner Babar Azam boosted his confidence which was necessary to perform with this consistency on a higher level. But no one can take away the credit from Muhammad Rizwan as he was the one who did it. He has the passion and will to do all the tough work.
Muhammad Rizwan is the busiest cricketer when we see him in the ground. He always provides his 100 percent in the playing ground. He is always an enthusiast, whether he keeps batting or fielding in the ground. Pakistan cricket needs this passion and consistency at the top. Luckily, both of their most consistent batters are now opening the batting for them. With his confidence in Allah, Muhamamd Rizwan started and ended the match as a humble person. This type of attitude is necessary to reach this type of place in the world. He is a hard-working, humble, honest, and focused person, especially cricket, in all of his life matters.
The Record-Breaking 2021 for Muhammad Rizwan
The rise of Muhammad Rizwan was started against South Africa when he became the first wicketkeeper-batsman of Pakistan to score a century in T20 internationals. He scored 104 runs on 64 balls with giving away his wicket. This performance also earned him the Man of the Match award. Rizwan again made a half-century in the 2nd T20 match of the series. In the third and final match of the series, Rizwan scored 42 runs and got the Man of the Series award. After this series, Pakistan visited Zimbabwe. In the first T20, Rizwan again got the Man of the Match award for his not-out 86 runs. In the 3rd t20 of the series, he again scored 91 runs, not out. This performance earned him the Man of the Series award for the second time in a row.
Pakistan went to England, and in the opening T20 match, Muhammad Rizwan made 63 runs. Muhammad Rizwan was the highest run-getter from the Pakistani camp in the 2nd and 3rd T20 with 37 and 76 runs. Rizwan was the highest run-getter in only a completed T20 match in the West Indies tour. Pakistan started its World T20 campaign against India. Muhammad Rizwan won the game by 10 wickets, and again the highest run-getter was Rizwan with unbeaten 79 runs. In the 2nd match, Pakistan beat New Zealand, in which Rizwan again made the highest score for his team. He made another fifty in the super 12 round of the World Cup against Namibia. In the semi-final against Australia, Muhammad Rizwan made another fifty for his team.
After the world cup, the Pakistani team reached Bangladesh. He again got the Man of the Series award in this series which was 3rd this year. West Indies came to Pakistan to play 3 T20s and 3 ODIs. As the year’s witness, Rizwan was again the highest run-getter in the first T20 with 78 runs. Muhammad Rizwan leads the run chart in 2nd and 3rd T20 with 38 runs and 87 runs. This score was the whole calendar year’s performances of Rizwan. Muhammad Rizwan became the first player to get 4 Man of the Series awards in T20 a calendar year. There were almost 8 T20s that Rizwan missed because of rain and another issue. Otherwise, he can score some more runs.
Muhammad Rizwan made 1326 runs at 73 in 29 matches he played in 2021. This performance was the most run by any batsman in the world in a calendar year. His strike rate was also healthy (134). If we count his domestic T20, PSL, and International T20s, his scores surpass 2000, which is also a world record. He also holds the record of most fours and sixes in a calendar year. The era of Muhammad Rizwan has just begun. Wait and watch his future accomplishments.