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Tim Southee wins New Zealand’s Player-of-the-Year Award for 2021

On Thursday, New Zealand pacer Tim Southee won the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal, an honor bestowed on the country’s performer in a calendar year.

On the final day of the three-day awards ceremony, Southee shared the podium with Bert Sutcliffe Medal recipient Penny Kinsella; the Test Player of the Year, Devon Conway, and the women’s and men’s Domestic Players of the Year — Nensi Patel, and joint male winners Tom Bruce and Robbie O’Donnell.

The 33-year-old Southee, who is representing Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing IPL-15, won the award after a stellar 2021 season, both at home and abroad, and in red as well as white-ball cricket.

In the year, he has captured 36 Test wickets at 23.88, including best figures of six for 43 against England at Lord’s and five wickets against India in the victorious ICC World Test Championship final at Southampton.

In all, Southee has taken 338 Test wickets, which is just 23 fewer than Daniel Vettori and 93 short of the record-holder the award is named after, Hadlee.

“It’s a huge honor to win such a prestigious award,” Southee said, speaking from KKR’s base in Mumbai, according to He added, “Like most cricketers growing up I knew all about the exploits of Sir Richard and it’s certainly pretty humbling to win his award this year.

“While the accolades are nice, I think it just reflects how we have worked together as a group and played our cricket for a long time.

“It’s been great to be a part of this period and be able to win games for our country which is very special,” he said on the occasion.

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