Every Year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) celebrates the performances of the players annually through a set of sports awards like ODI Player of the Year, Test Player of the year, Emerging Player of the year, T-20 International Performance of the year, and many more.
However, in which this is the biggest honor the ICC Male Cricketer of the Year Award 2021. Last Year, Ben Stokes English all-rounder, won the award. First Time Rahul Dravid was the one who won the Award in the Year 2004.
Since then, 14 different players have won the award. Currently, it will be interesting to see the 5 Players who can win this award in 2021.
Top 5 Players who can win the ICC Male Cricketer of the Year Award 2021
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Joe Root
- Dimuth Karunaratne
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Devon Conway
This Year R Ashwin has been outstanding for India, in Test Cricket. A match was played between India and England called the home Test series. Ravichandran Ashwin took the most number of wickets in the series. He took a total of 32 wickets at an average of 14.72. In the recent two test series match New Zealand, R Ashwin once again took the most number of wickets for India. He claimed 14 wickets in 2 Tests at an average of 11.36. Accept Ravichandran Ashwin, No other bowler has picked more Test wickets in 2021.
This year, the Indian spinner has picked a total of 52 wickets in just 8 Tests at an average of 16.23. With the outstanding performances in the IPL over the years, R Ashwin was also included in India’s team for the recently ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Ashwin took 6 wickets in 3 matches played in the tournament. After that, he was also featured in the T20 Series against New Zealand. He has had an outstanding year and is definitely to be on the list to win the ICC Male Cricketer of the Year Award 2021.
Joe root is scoring runs at the moment in Test Cricket. Recently, concluded that in the 1st Test against Australia, Joe Root has surpassed Michael Vaughan to become the English cricketer with the most Test runs. In 2021, Joe Root has hit 6 centuries & 2 half-centuries. In 13 Tests Root played and has scored 1544 runs at an average of 57.61.
During the England Tour of India, Root was phenomenal with the batting during this year. Joe Root was the highest run-getter, to be scored 368 runs in just 4 matches at an average of 46.00. With the amazing batting display he has shown his performance this year, now Joe Root is one of the strongest contenders on the list to win the ICC Male Cricketer of the Year Award 2021.
Dimuth Karunaratne Sri Lanka’s Test specialist has had an impressive year with the batting. The Sri Lankan captain Karunaratne is one of the most prolific run-scorer.
This year, in 7 Tests, Dimuth has scored 902 runs at an average of 69.38. Currently, He has the highest average among all the batsmen in Test Cricket. Besides, In Test Cricket Dimuth Karunaratne has hit 4 centuries and 3 half-centuries.
In 2021, perhaps there is no other Pakistan Cricket player who has impressed more than Mohammad Rizwan with his batting skills across formats. This year, Rizwan has scored the most runs in T20 Internationals. In 23 T20Is, He scored 1123 runs at an average of 74.86. In Tests, Mohammad Rizwan has played a total of 09 matches and scored 455 runs at an average of 45.50.
In the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Rizwan was the 3rd-highest run-scorer. In six matches, he scored 281 runs at an average of 70.25. His amazing performances with the bat helped Team Pakistan to reach the semi-final of the tournament.
This year he made his debut for New Zealand in all formats. In less than a year, Devon Conway has become a part of New Zealand’s team. He has produced sensational knocks in all 03 formats of this year.
Conway has played 3 Tests and managed to score 379 runs at an average of 63.2. In the 02-match Test series against England, he was the highest run-scorer. In 2 Tests, Devon has scored 306 runs at an average of 76.50. He displayed impressive performances in T20 internationals. In 20 matches, he scored 602 runs at an average of 50.2. By his impressive performance, he dragged his name in the ICC Male Cricketer of the Year Award 2021.