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Rizwan breaks record for most T20I runs in a calendar year


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Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan broke the world record for most runs in T20 International cricket in a calendar year by scoring 46 off 36 balls against West Indies in the second T20I on Saturday.

Rizwan has scored 752 runs in 14 innings of 15 matches at an average of 94. He has surpassed the previous record held by Ireland’s Paul Stirling, who has scored 748 runs in 20 matches at an average of 41.55.

The 29-year-old Rizwan has scored seven fifties and a century this year.

While Ireland's Kevin O'Brien (729) and the Netherlands' Maxwell O'Dowd (702) are third and fourth on the list, India's Shikhar Dhawan is fifth with 689 runs in 17 innings from 18 matches.

Rizwan's innings, plus a fifty by captain Babar Azam, ultimately helped Pakistan emerge victorious. The Windies were restricted to 150-4, chasing 158, with veteran off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez returning incredible figures of 1-6 from four overs, including a maiden.