Pakistani cricketers have dominated the ICC Awards 2021 in the major categories, including Cricketer of the Year, ODI Cricketer of the Year, Women’s Cricketer of the Year, and T20I Cricketer of the Year.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year Award was bagged by everyone’s favorite Shaheen Shah Afridi, who took 78 wickets in 36 internationals at an average of 22.20 with best bowling figures of 6/51.
Pakistani captain, Babar Azam, bagged the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Award after scoring 405 runs in six matches at an average of 67.50 with two centuries. He was also the second highest run-scorer with 228 runs and was the Player of Match in both of Pakistan’s wins in the 2-1 series victory against South Africa.
Babar Azam might have played only six ODIs in 2021, but he made vital contributions in the two series that Pakistan played this year.
Read more: Babar Azam Named ICC ODI Cricketer of The Year.
ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year Award was bagged by Mohammad Rizwan, who scored 1326 runs in 29 matches at an average of 73.66 with one century and 24 dismissals.
Making his maiden T20I century in February against South Africa, Rizwan propelled his form into the T20 World Cup, making 79* from just 55 balls against India in their T20 World Cup opener, and finished as the third-highest run-scorer in the competition.
ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2021 Award was taken by Fatima Sana with 24 wickets at an average of 23.95 and 165 runs at 16.50 in 16 international matches.
20-year-old Pakistani pacer Fatima Sana impressed one and all with her all-round efforts in 2021. She became an integral part of Pakistan’s ODI and T20I side owing to her wicket-taking ability as a bowler, and ability to add handy runs down the order at the same time.
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