Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist has been named as the Cricket World ® Player Of The Week after a record-breaking performance in the World Cup final, which Australia went on to win by 53 runs.
Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Adam Gilchrist
Australia's Adam Gilchrist celebrates scoring a century during their World Cup cricket final against Sri Lanka in Bridgetown April 28, 2007.
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Up to that point, Gilchrist had had a relatively quiet tournament with the bat, but that was all forgotten as the Sri Lankan bowlers were smashed to all parts as he scored a World Cup final record 149 runs from 104 balls, striking 8 sixes helping Australia to a total of 281 for 4 from 38 overs.
Gilchrist, who also scored half-centuries in the 1999 and 2003 World Cup finals, overtook the mark set by his captain Ricky Ponting of 140 in Johannesburg, and also shared a record first-wicket partnership of 172 with Matthew Hayden.
His century was the fastest in a final (10 balls faster than Clive Lloyd’s in 1975) and effectively put the game beyond the Sri Lankans before they had even started their run chase.
The award was a unanimous decision, such was the ferocity and brutality of Gilchrist’s innings, although other contenders included Glenn McGrath for his performances in both the semi-final and final and Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene for his century against New Zealand.
Commenting on the award, Cricket World® Head Of Media Alastair Symondson said:
“He just played out of his skin. It was a wonderful innings. It was the difference between the two sides.”
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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