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Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi amongst nominees for ICC Males’s Participant of the 12 months award

Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi
Ace batsman-wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan and star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi have been included amongst 4 nominees for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Worldwide Cricket Council’s (ICC) Males’s Participant of the 12 months, the world cricket physique introduced on Friday.

The opposite two nominees are England captain Joe Root and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, the ICC mentioned in a press release.

Shaheen — the person on hearth

Elaborating on the achievements of the gamers, the ICC famous that Shaheen took 78 wickets in 36 worldwide matches this yr at a mean of twenty-two.20 runs. He additionally delivered his career-best figures in an innings this yr in August towards the West Indies, grabbing six wickets for 51 runs.

“The tall Pakistani pacer was on hearth all through 2021, knocking a number of the greatest batters over throughout all three codecs of the sport. He particularly had a yr to recollect in Exams and T20Is, reaching his absolute peak throughout the T20 World Cup in UAE the place he impressed every one together with his sheer pace and abilities,” the assertion mentioned.

“He dominated the shortest format all through the calendar yr, scalping 23 wickets in 21 matches together with his demise bowling bettering by leaps and bounds,” it added.

The assertion made particular point out of Shaheen’s efficiency towards India within the T20 World Cup the place it was the pacer’s double-wicket salvo up prime that put India on the backfoot early and set the tone for the whole match.

It additionally recalled Indian captain Virat Kohli’s post-match assertion during which he had heaped reward on Shaheen, saying: “He put our batsmen underneath strain instantly with the brand new ball, and he ran in with depth and confirmed that he is bowling in constant areas, in order batsmen you’re compelled to be a bit watchful.

“That spell form of put us on the again foot instantly, and from there on to get these further 20, 25 runs, ultimately, appeared fairly troublesome once you lose three wickets for 20 runs.”

Rizwan the reliable

Ever-reliable batsman for Pakistan, Rizwan accrued 1,915 runs in 44 worldwide matches this yr at a mean of 56.32 and racked up 56 dismissals behind the stumps.

“The Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter dominated the roost in 2021 when it got here to the shortest format of the sport. Aggregating a staggering 1,326 runs in solely 29 matches, Rizwan struck at a mean of 73.66 and a strike charge of 134.89. Other than his exploits with the bat, he was as stable as ever behind the stumps,” the assertion mentioned.

Praising Rizwan’s consistency, the ICC assertion famous that he had additionally improved his Check performances this yr, gathering 455 runs in 9 matches at a mean of 45.50.

In keeping with the ICC’s assertion, Rizwan’s most memorable efficiency additionally got here throughout Pakistan’s match towards India, with the batsman hitting 79 on solely 55 deliveries, together with six fours and three sixes.

“He ensured that there have been no hiccups within the run-chase as Pakistan galloped in the direction of the goal with out dropping a single wicket to seal a 10-wicket victory. Rizwan would proceed this manner all through the rest of the match, scoring 281 runs and ending because the third-highest run-scorer,” it added.

The ICC additionally recalled Rizwan’s efficiency in Pakistan’s semi-final towards Australia during which he top-scored for the Inexperienced Shirts with 67 from 52 balls. Throughout his innings, Rizwan had grow to be the primary participant to attain 1,000 runs in T20 internationals in a calendar yr.

Officers had revealed after the match that Rizwan was in hospital with a extreme chest an infection earlier than taking the sphere within the semi-final.

Saying Rizwan has a “character of metal”, the assertion recalled coach Matthew Hayden’s post-match speak during which he mentioned, “[Rizwan] is a warrior. He has been sensible by means of it (the marketing campaign) and he is acquired nice braveness.”

A day earlier, the ICC introduced the nominees for the ODI Participant of the 12 months award, with Pakistan skipper Babar Azam considered one of 4 contenders for the accolade.

In keeping with the ICC, its Voting Academy which contains world cricket journalists and broadcasters will vote for his or her first, second and third selections. The world cricket physique can even take followers’ votes into consideration. The winner will likely be determined by combining the outcomes of the Voting Academy and followers’ votes.