Just two international teams were in action over the past seven days as we come to the end of summer in the southern hemisphere, thus making the shortlist for this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week a particularly short one.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh competed in two One-Day Internationals - the first of which was rained off - and a solitary Twenty20 International. The third match in ODI series saw the tourists triumph, with a little assistance from Duckworth and Lewis, to take a share of the series, while the T20 was won fairly comfortably by the world’s number one ranked T20 side, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s exciting young opening batsman Kushal Perera was the star of their 17-run win yesterday, hitting 64 off only 44 balls as they racked up 198 for five from their 20 overs.
On Thursday, in the ODI, Tillakaratne Dilshan struck a magnificent 125, but managed to end up on the losing side as Nasir Hossain chipped in with a crucial unbeaten 33 in the reduced Bangladesh run chase. Also in that match, Abdur Razzak became the first Bangladeshi to take 200 ODI wickets when he recorded the fourth five-wicket haul of his 141-match career. It is he who earns this week’s award.
Razzak hasn’t had an easy run in international cricket and has twice been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, making his achievement all the more special.
“I am one of those few players from Bangladesh who has seen some really critical periods in their career,” he said. “When the bowling action was questioned, everyone spoke to me as if my career was over. I was strong on the inside. I didn't think my career was over. I think that has given me a lot of strength as a person.”
Of his career in general, he added, "It is hard to make a distinction on which has been my best moment. There have been so many good moments. But I think I have enjoyed the fact that the 200 wickets have not taken too long. I have done it in 141 innings which gives me a lot of pride."
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