The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced Wanindu Hasaranga, Jos Buttler, Mitchell Marsh and Mohammad Rizwan as the four nominees for the Men’s T20 Cricketer of the Year Award.
The ICC Awards 2021 will recognise the outstanding achievements and feats in cricket over the past year.
It was a breakthrough year for Wanindu Hasaranga, who established himself as one of the best spinners in the shortest format while also being a player who could contribute with the bat.
A consistent performer throughout the year, Hasaranga’s star shone the brightest during the T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.
He ended the tournament as the leading wicket-taker with 16 scalps and also played some handy knocks with the bat, like his 71 against Ireland. He was a constant menace for the opposition as Sri Lanka impressed one and all during the tournament with their young and energetic side.
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan ruled the roost in 2021 when it came to the shortest format of the game.
Aggregating a staggering 1,326 runs in only 29 matches, Rizwan struck at an average of 73.66 and a strike rate of 134.89.
Apart from his exploits with the bat, he was solid as ever behind the stumps, playing a key role in Pakistan’s run to the semis during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, where he ended up as the third-highest run-scorer.