South African batsman AB De Villiers has been named as this week's recipient of the Cricket World® Player Of The Week award after becoming the first South African player to score a double century against India.
Cricket World® Player Of The Week - AB De Villiers
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His unbeaten innings of 217, also the first double century of his first-class career, helped South Africa dominate proceedings in the second Test in Ahmedabad as they eventually went on to win by an innings and 90 runs.
His innings included 18 fours and two sixes, one of which almost left the stadium and left De Villiers on the floor, such was the power behind the shot. His fine innings backed up the efforts of his bowlers, who bowled India out for 76 on day one and 328 in the second innings.
This week's award was a close fight between De Villiers and West Indian batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, who scored his fourth consecutive score of fifty or more in Tests in scoring 102 in a match-winning innings for his side against Sri Lanka in Trinidad.
His knock helped his side secure a six-wicket win but was not deemed to be the outstanding effort of the week. Also in the frame were Dale Steyn for his eight wickets in the Ahmedabad Test, and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, for providing such great entertainment in the final over of the second ICL Edelweiss 20s Challenge final in Hyderabad.
The Cricket World ® Player Of The Week is judged by the www.cricketworld.com Editorial Team, which takes into consideration matches played in the preceding week with the final decision made on Monday morning.
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