Mohammad Rizwan becomes the first batter to smash 2000 T20 runs in a calendar year

PAK vs WI, 3rd T20I: Earlier in October, Rizwan became the first batter to cross 1000 T20I runs in a calendar year during the T20 World Cup 2021 semifinal against Australia.

Rizwan's stellar year at the top of the order has seen him rack up a hundred and 18 T20 half-centuries with an average over 55 and strike rate touching 130.   -  AP

Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan became the first batter ever to record 2000 T20 runs in a calendar during the third T20I against West Indies in Karachi on Thursday.

Chasing a mammoth target of 208, Rizwan crossed the mark with a four in the 11th over, in what is most likely his final T20 match of 2021.

The wicketkeeper-batter's stellar year at the top of the order has seen him rack up a hundred and record 18 T20 half-centuries with an average over 55 and strike rate touching 130 in 45 innings.

Off the 2000, 1293* runs have come in 26 T20I innings for Pakistan.

Earlier in October, Rizwan became the first batter to cross 1000 T20I runs in a calendar year during the T20 World Cup 2021 semifinal against Australia.

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Rizwan went past the record for most runs in a calendar year in all T20s during the tournament, surpassing Chris Gayle's tally of 1665 runs.

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Rizwan's opening partner and Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is second on the list of most T20 runs in a year, achieving the same this year with 1700+ to his tally so far.

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