Monday 31 March 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - AB De Villiers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers - Cricket World Player Of The Week
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South African batsman AB de Villiers has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after he played a starring role in steering his side into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.

De Villiers played a stunning knock in the Proteas' final group game against England, hitting 69 not out in just 28 balls.

And although he scored just five and 21 in the other games this week against New Zealand and the Netherlands, he wins the award by virtue of the match-changing nature of the knock and the fact that he captained the side to victory in the absence of Faf du Plessis.

South Africa won those matches against New Zealand and the Netherland in close finishes and it was another close one against England.

De Villiers hit nine fours and three sixes to lift South Africa to a score of 196 for five, which they then defended to win by three runs - a scoreline which flattered England.

AB de Villiers' award-winning week

24th March v New Zealand: 5 (6) & a catch - South Africa won by two runs
27th March v Netherlands: 21 (21) - South Africa won by six runs
29th March v England: 69* (28) & a catch - South Africa won by three runs

His innings was full of brilliant strokes and proved the difference between the two sides and fresh from his whirlwind batting, he then led South Africa brilliantly in the field, coping with the dew factor, England's hard-charging batsmen, and taking an excellent catch to remove Chris Jordan.

With no fewer than 20 international teams in action this week, there were a number of other contenders.

England's Alex Hales, Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad and Australia's Meg Lanning can consider themselves unlucky to have missed out after reaching three figures agaisnt Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland respectively.

India have been outstanding in the men's tournament and their bowlers, particularly Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin, also deserve mentions for their performances as they became the first team to reach the semi-finals.

In the women's tournament, as well as Lanning's efforts, Anya Shrubsole has been particularly impressive with the ball for England.

However de Villiers wins the award for producing one of the tournament's best innings under pressure, and then following it up with an assured captaincy display in the field.

Where England bowled...and where de Villiers hit them...

Ab de Villiers innings details

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