Mohammad Rizwan celebrates after scoring 100 during a match. File
The 29-year-old had a prolific run in 2021, becoming the first-ever cricketer in the history of T20 cricket to amass over 2,000 runs in a calendar year. In 45 innings, the right-hander amassed 2,036 runs at a fine average of 56.55.
Rizwan also became the first-ever player to score 1,000 T20 International runs in a calendar year. At a magnificent average of 73.66 in international cricket, he made 1,326 runs.
Meanwhile, Joe Root was named as Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World, just a week after he stepped down as England’s Test captain.
The 31-year-old Root quit last week after five years as England skipper following a dismal run of one win in 17 games.
But his impeccable form with the bat in 2021, when he scored 1,708 runs -- the third-highest ever total of runs in a calendar year below the tallies of former Pakistan batting maestro Mohammad Yousuf (1,788) and former West Indian icon Sir Viv Richards (1,710) — at an average of 61, helped him earn the global award.
Root succeeds his own potential successor with the national side, Ben Stokes, who took the honour in 2019 and 2020.
Root is the third Englishman to receive the accolade since it was launched in 2003, with Andrew Flintoff the first in 2005.
Though Babar scored a half-century and Pakistan won the low-scoring warm-up game against the West Indies on Monday, the captain consumed 41 deliveries for his 50, while Rizwan struck his 13 off 17 balls and didn't score a single boundary.
Cricketers and fans have hailed Rizwan as a “warrior” after officials revealed he was in hospital with a severe chest infection before taking the field to score a brave half-century against Australia.
Bangladesh needed 13 off the 20th over bowled by Andre Russell but fell just short on 139 for five in Sharjah to lose their third straight Super 12 match, all but ending their chances of making the semi-finals.
An array of talented stars will descend in Dubai during the course of this week in preparation for the 26th Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge (AHTC) that is scheduled to take place at the Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai Marina.
The UAE Polo Federation has high hopes of being chosen as the host country for the 2026 Polo World Cup.
Considered as one of the largest chess events in the Arab world and Middle East, organized by Alef Group in cooperation with the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club, began with the participation of more than 1,000 players from 25 countries and will continue till Dec.18.