Pakistani wicket-keeper & batsman, Mohammad Rizwan broke the world record of most runs in T20 cricket in a calendar year.
Rizwan surpassed West Indian batter, Chris Gayle, who previously held the record for most runs in a calendar year.
Rizwan achieved the feat during Pakistan’s thumping 72-run victory over Scotland in the 2021 T20 World Cup. Rizwan managed to score only 15 runs in the match but it was enough to take him past Gayle for the most runs in a calendar year.
The 29-year old has scored 1,676 runs at an average of 57.79 in 38 innings in T20 cricket in 2021. He has also scored 15 half-centuries and 1 full-century.
Chris Gayle had scored 1,665 runs at 59.46 average in 36 innings in 2015. He had scored 10 half-centuries and 3 centuries in the calendar year.
Rizwan also holds the record for most runs in T20 Internationals in a calendar year. He has scored 966 runs at 87.81 average and a strike rate of 137.02 in international cricket in 2021.
Rizwan also became the first player to score 10 50+ scores in T20 Internationals in a calendar year. He has scored 9 half-centuries and one century in T20Is in 2021.
He comes at fourth spot in ICC T20 Internation batsmen rankings.