IND vs ZIM: Zimbabwe’s team was knocked out of the T20 World Cup 2022 with a crushing 71-run defeat in the last group match at the hands of India. Under the captaincy of Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe, who reached the Super 12 stage for the first time by winning the qualifiers, impressed everyone with their performance in the tournament. During this, he also made the biggest upset by defeating Pakistan in Group 2. The biggest contribution to this performance of Zimbabwe was its all-rounder Sikandar Raza.
Sikandar, 36, of Pakistani origin, won the hearts of all with his all-round performance throughout the tournament and also led the team to many memorable and historic victories. He also became the player of the match against Pakistan by taking three wickets. Sikander took 10 wickets along with scoring 219 runs in the tournament. In the last group match against India too, he took one wicket for 18 runs in 3 overs and also contributed 34 runs in the batting.
During this time Raza made such a record, which till date no cricketer has been able to do. Sikandar has become the first player in the world to score more than 500 runs and take 25 wickets in a calendar year in T20Is. Looking at his statistics this year, he has scored 735 runs in 23 innings of 24 matches at an average of 35 and a strike rate of 150.92. During this, 5 half-centuries have come from his bat. At the same time, in bowling, he has also taken 25 wickets at an average of 17.68 and economy of 6.13.
Talking about the T20 career of Sikandar, who is ranked sixth in the ICC all-rounder ranking, has scored 1259 runs in 63 innings of 66 matches at an average of 20.98 and strike rate of 128.86. During this, 6 half-centuries have come out of his bat. In bowling, he has taken 38 wickets in 55 innings at an average of 26.65 and economy of 7.18.
Let us tell you that due to the excellent performance of Sikandar, the ICC has also nominated him for the Best Cricketer Award for the month of October. Apart from them, only Virat Kohli and David Miller have got a place in this list.