KARACHI: Pakistan’s top order batter Mohammad Rizwan has added multiple T20 records to his credit on Friday with his innings of 78 from 50 deliveries against Bangladesh in opening game of T20I triangular series in the New Zealand.
Rizwan had smashed 2 sixes and stroked 7 shots to the fence in his unbeaten innings which took his overall T20 runs tally in the calendar year 2022 pass 1500 runs.
He is the only third batter in the world to score 1500 or more T20 runs in a calendar year twice. Two others are Chris Gayle and Rizwan’s countryman Babar Azam.
Gayle had amassed 1532 and 1665 in year 2012 and 2015 respectively while Babar Azam had total tally of 1607 in 2019 and 1779 in 2021.
Rizwan, who had scored total 2036 T20 runs last year, has so far scored 1519 runs this year in overall professional games of shortest format.
This was Rizwan’s 58th T20 international innings and the score of 78 has taken him ahead of Babar in list of most aggregate runs after 58 T20I innings.
Rizwan has an aggregate of 2337 runs in 58 international innings in T20s while Babar at this stage had 2281 runs. India’s Virat Kohli had 2012 runs in his first 58 T20I innings.
The wicket keeper batter has also surpassed England’s Jos Buttler in list of players scoring most runs as designated wicketkeeper in T20Is.
Of his 2337 runs, Rizwan scored 2196 runs as wicket-keeper in T20Is. He surpassed Buttler today when he took 2nd run of his inning. Buttler has scored 2119 runs as wicket-keeper batter.
Rizwan has only 4 innings as non-wicket-keeper in T20Is in which he scored 141 runs.